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Parents and school officials who keep kids out of extracurricular activities because of poor grades may be making the problem even worse. That's the consensus of researchers, who for years have drawn a direct correlation between participation in extracurricular activities...
Despite multiple nationwide campaigns to weed out bullying in schools, too often we turn a blind eye to bullying in sports, particularly the kind applied by coaches, parents, and teammates. Why? In a cellphone video circulated last year, a California...
Why Women Make Great Coaches

Why Women Make Great Coaches

Close your eyes for a moment and picture just about any youth sport. Now shift your gaze to the sidelines and scan for the coach. You're imagining a man, right? Don't blame your imagination for being sexist, because statistically speaking,...
Picture a youth sport where every participant is actively involved, where there is constant motion and the level of physical exercise outstanding, where kids get to play both offense and defense with ample opportunities to 'touch' the ball. The...
Where are all the referees

Where Are All the Referees?

By most measures, the number of qualified, sanctioned referees is falling across the county, and this shortage is impacting youth sports at all levels, leading coaches and commissioners alike to ask, where are all the referees? In Kansas, for example,...
A new study suggests that the age at which boys begin playing football offers the strongest indicator yet as to who is at risk of long-term neurological problems. Conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine, the study shows...
Most of us grew up hearing stereotypes about 'dumb jocks.' Turns out, however, that student athletes are more likely to be smarter than their more lethargic counterparts. In fact, research from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and elsewhere demonstrates...
Despite the nation's obsession with sports, there is a growing problem when it comes to youth sports: a decline in youth sports participation and the healthy habits and bodies that go with it. According to the Sports & Fitness Industry...
Across any given year tens of millions of kids take to playing fields, ballparks, and courts where they will fall under the guidance of more than 2.5 million coaches. It's a vulnerable position for child and parent alike, so...
A new study conclusively demonstrates that athletes who specialize in one sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer an injury during the season. They're also more likely to burn out, to lose any sense of joy in participating, and...

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