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Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180, has developed a creative grant opportunity to get kids moving in America's schools. ASAP Acceleration Grants totaling $1,000,000 will be awarded to 1,000 schools to award-winning and innovative physical activity programs. First Lady Michelle Obama is encouraging schools to apply for a grant through her "Let's Move! Active Schools" campaign.
There are at least 17 smartphone applications on sports concussions. Evaluating the apps strictly from the standpoint of their usefulness for parents, here's how they stack up and whether they are worth downloading (updated).
As is true in most sports these days, softball pitchers are training - or over-training - more than ever, and more and more are playing the sports all year long without a break. Softball teams may carry only a couple of pitchers, which sometimes results in a pitcher throwing over 1,000 pitches during a weekend tournament! While there hasn't been an epidemic of rotator cuff injuries, other problems to the shoulder and elbow have surfaced with increased play.
The most recent international consensus statement on sport-related concussions identifies several important differences in the way concussions are diagnosed and treated in children and adolescents, including the need for age-appropriate symptom checklists, additional cognitive rest and a longer recovery period before return to sports.
One important way for youth baseball coaches to prevent overuse injuries is to look for signs that the pitcher is tired. While fatigue, like pain (another early warning sign of overuse injury), is generally difficult to quantify because it is a subjective, a coach can use pitch counts, ball velocity, ball location, pitching mechanics, and strength as guides in determining fatigue.
While a recent study suggests that the harder a youth baseball pitcher throws, the greater may be the risk of elbow injury, particularly to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and that pitching velocity should be factored into pitch counts in order to protect against injuries, pitch velocity is just one of many factors that increase injury risk.
Over-hydration can be as dangerous to your health as dehydration. So what does a sweaty athlete need to know about staying adequately hydrated without stomach sloshing? A controversial book suggests, for starters, ignoring the hype of the sports drink industry in selling what amounts to salted sugar water.
Looking for a way to keep you and your entire family fit and healthy? Take a walk, says fitness expert and the author of a new children's book, Abby Gets Fit, Doug Werner.
The decision of when to sign up your child for some form of resistance training is a tough decision for many parents. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to resistance training for youth athletes, some of which has been around for decades. It's time to set the record straight, says a veteran strength and conditioning coach.
Is your high school football program in the market for some new helmets for the 2013 season? To promote the recent release of our new high school football concussion documentary, "The Smartest Team." MomsTEAM is running a contest for 38 brand new, 2012 Rawlings adult football helmets left over from the filming of movie.
- Rosemarie Scolaro Moser's new book, Ahead of the Game: The Parent's Guide to Youth Sports Concussion (University Press of New England) is just what it says it is: a practical, no-nonsense guide for parents about sport concussions. To be sure, for someone as steeped as I am in subject of youth sports concussion, much of the book plows familiar ground. But there is also much in Moser's book that parents - even those with concussion experience - may be learning for the first time and find not only informative but perhaps surprising. It is a welcome addition to my concussion library, and I believe, should be for yours!
- Pediatrics, Sports Concussions
- Sports Concussion Neuropsychologist
- Sports Administration, Officiating, and Sportsmanship
- Sports Physical Therapy and Injury Prevention
- Athletic Training and Sports Medicine
- Sports Nutrition
- Community Sports and Sportsmanship
- Primary Care Sports Medicine
- Athletic Training/Hydration/Heat Illness
- pediatric and adolescent medicine
- Performance Parenting
- Sports Chiropractor/Strength & Conditioning
- Team Moms/Coaches
This past weekend, the Hey Coach Tony show on ESPN Radio devoted an entire hour to discussing one of MomsTeam's most popular articles: the one listing questions for parents to ask at a pre-season meeting. Particularly instructive was the way he chose to end his show: with an email from a listener saying that parents who ask questions will be labeled as troublemakers.
With the spring sports season beginning, here are fifteen ways sports parents can help their young athlete be safe and injury-free.
Four-time Olympic medalist Angela Ruggiero says she owes everything to her parents, whose support, not just in making sure she got all the equipment she needed and to practice but ate the right kind of food, was a key to her athletic success.
Her son's decision to retire from baseball at the ripe old age of eleven to focus on football was tough to take, says one mom, but eventually shock and denial gave way to acceptance.
What a star point guard on a high school basketball team did after won $40,000 in college scholarship money in a free-throwing contest was a testimony to his generosity and to the power of team sports to teach a critical life lesson.
What people are saying about MomsTeam:"In reviewing your website, I was very impressed with the breadth and depth of the information. You all are doing nice work!"Gerard A. Gioia, PhD Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology Director, Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program Children's National Medical Center Associate Professor, Depts. of Pediatrics & Psychiatry George Washington Univ. School of Medicine
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- Reviewed by Brooke de LenchMark Hyman's new book, The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families (Beacon Press) is an investigative deep dive into how businesses large and small are profiting from the youth sports boom. For someone who lives and breathes youth sports, I found the book thought-provoking and a good read. For sports parents, reading the book may cause them to stop to think whether all the money they are spending on their children's sports is really worth it. If it does, it will have done its job.
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