George Carlin did a classic bit of comedy on the differences between the sports of baseball vs. football, giving the impression that the two sports couldn't be more opposite in terms of pace, terminology and other factors. We agree and would add that the training for each sport has to be different as well. Both sports are power oriented sports, but there are differences in how that power is expressed and trained. Sport & Athlete Needs ...

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Injury Prevention For Youth Players

Posted on July 16, 2013

For many youth athletes, the start of a new sports season may be right around the corner. Many of these athletes will experience aches, pain, and injuries during the first few weeks of the season. With some helpful hints and preventative measures an athlete can minimize the chance of soreness and injuries during the first crucial weeks of a season. How important is physical conditioning for a young athlete prior to the start of a season? P...

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Stress In Youth Sports

Posted on July 16, 2013

In many circles, concern about stress placed on youth sport participants seems to be the most frequent topic of discussion when youth sports is mentioned. Is there stress in youth sports? Of course there is! Not only do the athletes experience stress, but so do the coaches, the parents, the officials, and the administrators. What is stress? Stress is produced when someone feels that their physical and/or psychological well-being is ...

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The past 25 years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of sports programs being offered to youngsters. In most communities, organized teams and leagues are available for baseball, soccer, football and basketball, while ice hockey is found in northern climates. Individual sports such as gymnastics, figure skating, swimming, dance, tennis and martial arts are now also frequently available. In addition to this broad menu of youth ...

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It's Little League season again, and if you're a coach, there are 10 tips you should know to help keep your players healthy. "The number one tip coaches should remember is that children are not miniature adults and shouldn't be treated as such," says Jim Rogers, a certified athletic trainer in Temple University Hospital's sports Medicine Center. "This may seem obvious, but many adults don't realize children's bodies can't take the same ...

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Are you drinking the amount of water you should every day? We all know that water is important, but have you ever seen it written like this before? 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world drinking soda pop.) In 37% of Americans the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%. One glass of water shut down ...

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Blocking Is The Easy Part

Posted on July 10, 2013

It is common knowledge among youth baseball and softball coaches that the one play most responsible for scoring runs is not the blast over the fence or the shot in the gap; it’s the passed ball. As coaches we often find ourselves asking why is it so difficult for our young catchers to keep the ball in front of them. Why do so many balls get by and allow runners to advance and ultimately score? To understand the problem lets divide passed ...

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