Youth baseball and softball ramping up

It’s only January, and much of North America is under the grips of Old Man Winter. But behind the scenes, the volunteers are coming out of hibernation to begin plans and preparation for the spring 2018 baseball and softball seasons. It won’t be long before we see them on the fields raking, digging, seeding and watering. If you happen by and offer to help, you won’t be turned away!

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How Coaches Build Cohesive Teams

From our friends at TrueSport: Boys and girls tend to value and prioritize relationships, competition, and hard work differently, which means coaches use different strategies to build a cohesive boys’ team compared to a cohesive girls’ team. Sport Psychologist Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., explains these differences to help parents and coaches better understand what they’re seeing and hearing during practices and games. Read Article

A Preseason Checklist for Predicting Elbow Injury in Little League Baseball Players

This study, while a long read, sheds some interesting light on the aspect of Little League arm injuries and how to prevent them. Source: Taiki Yukutake.

How to Talk With Young Athletes About Weight Loss

Great article from our friends at TrueSport:

The pressure to lose weight starts early for kids and student athletes. Here are tips on how to have productive conversations with kids about weight loss.

Should Kids Set New Year’s Resolutions?

Food for thought from our friends at TrueSport. Adults don’t have a great track record of following through with New Year’s Resolutions, so should we encourage kids to do it? You might be surprised.

Sudden weight loss for wrestling detrimental

We’ve spoken before about the long-term consequences teen athletes may face when losing weight for wrestling and here is documentation that there are also immediate health impacts that my occur as well. Courtesy our partners at STOP Sports Injuries.org and Jonathan Gelber, MD.

How to Know When “Healthy” Becomes Dangerous

Many athletes have a sensible fitness routine that helps them build endurance and strength so that they can perform at their very best. But, young athletes–college athletes in particular–are presumed to be at or nearing their peaks and may feel pressured to push themselves beyond their capabilities. This, paired with the desire to achieve the ideal body size and shape for their particular sport, places an unrealistic and often harmful standard on young athletes. Those who become fitness-obsessed can develop an addiction to exercise that leads to injuries and other health problems–in fact, exercise addiction often co-occurs with eating disorders.

It’s easy to explain away the early signs of an athlete in distress–to say that there’s nothing wrong with training hard and following a strict diet. The people closest to the athlete may even be impressed by what appears to be dedication, discipline and a strong work ethic, and unwittingly encourage the behaviors because of their own attitudes about food and weight.

This “12 Signs an Athlete is Closer to Injury and Illness than Health and Wellness” infographic will help coaches and parents recognize the signs that an athlete is struggling with exercise addiction and/or an eating disorder. It also includes eight tips on how to encourage a healthy attitude about sport and fitness.

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