Are you keeping athletes accountable?

From our friends at TrueSport:

Participating in youth sports is a great way to learn ways to keep yourself accountable, especially if you’ve got a team encouraging you along the way. But what happens when you’re a young athlete that participates in individual sports where the results are directly reflective of your performance alone? Check out these tips for teaching accountability in individual sports.

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Youth sports teach more than just skills and drills – don’t you think?

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

It’s become a growing concern for some that today’s youth are becoming more dependent on everything from their parents to technology. Thankfully, that’s where youth sports come in. From accountability to confidence, youth sports provides coaches and parents the opportunity to create teaching moments that help build an athlete’s character from a young age.

Do Kids Need Recovery Drinks After Exercise?

More great information from our friends at TrueSport.org

High-protein recovery drinks are marketed as an essential requirement for any athlete who actually wants to make progress. As a parent of a school-aged athlete, here’s what you need to know before fixing a protein shake for your active child.

What to Look For in a Great Summer Sports Camp

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

A sports camp can make or break a young athlete’s summer and overall enthusiasm for their sport. TrueSport has created a guide to help parents choose the perfect camp for their athlete.

What Youth Sport Parents Need to Know About Muscle Cramps

From our friends at TrueSport.org:

Does your young athlete struggle with muscle cramps during exercise? New science says there’s more to cramps than dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. Read this article for an up-to-date guide to the causes and best practices for preventing and treating muscle cramps.

How Youth Sports Can Lead to a Better Job Later in Life

From our partners at TrueSport.org:
As parents, we all like to think we’re steering our children toward activities and opportunities that will help them lead happy, productive, and fulfilling lives. We encourage them to work hard, have integrity, take risks, show gratitude, be respectful, etc. But at some point, deep down, every parent realizes there are no guarantees. There’s no formula that ensures success, but there are definitely behaviors, activities, and opportunities that increase the chances your child will become a successful, ethical, and happy adult. According to recent research, participation in youth sports is one them. A 2014 study by Kniffin, Wansink, and Shimizu examined how participation in high school sports correlated with a person’s behaviors and accomplishments later in life. Here are some of their findings. Read Article

Top 5 Benefits of Mental Preparation for Youth Athletes

Another great article from our friends at TrueSport.org. Mental preparation is as important for youth athletes as their physical or nutritional preparation. Here are the top 5 benefits of mental preparation.