Risks and rewards of football

Football can be dangerous. More and more awareness is being brought to the subject. It is also a great sport in terms of fun and life-lessons. This article from NPR is a terrific, balanced perspective. As high school and college football seasons end around the country we pray for everyone’s safety.

How likely is it your athletic kid will turn pro?

As usual, a terrific article/piece from National Public Radio (NPR). Definitely brings some perspective.

Cost is an obstacle to kids playing sports

Our partners at PHITAmerica.org are asking for your support in passing the PHIT Act. The PHIT Act would appropriate funds for children and adults to be able to participate in healthy, sports activities. Please read this article, which details evidence from NPR and the Washington Post among others, that sports activities are becoming too pricey for some families and, thus, children who wold like to be active are being left behind.

Kids benefit from playing sports

Our partner, PHIT America.org is excited about the results of a study done by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In the study parents were polled about the benefits they’d seen from their children’s participation in youth sports. Not surprisingly, most saw an increased level of physical fitness, which respondents overwhelmingly predicted would carry over into adult life. However the positives did not end there. They also felt that playing sports improved their social life, mental health, communication skills, and self discipline. They believed the activity to be an overall better use of their free time. You can ready PHIT America’s synopsis and the entire study here.

American teens need to get up and get moving

Less than half of youths ages 12 to 15 are even close to being aerobically fit, according to data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We’re in the midst of a childhood obesity epidemic. NPR’s Nancy Shute has written an article that should make parents get off the couch and take notice. Courtesy NPR.org.

Sports injuries from too much playing

Here is a great article from NPR.org on the risks associated with pushing youngsters to do too much too soon on the athletic field.