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Parents: Have The Courage to Say No to More Sports

Youth sports parents, especially moms, seem to have a hard time
summoning up the courage to say no to their kids when it comes to
more sports.  The fact is that sometimes the best thing a parent can do for a
child is nothing.

When Is Your Child Ready To Play Sports?

I am often asked by parents how to decide when a child is ready to play sports? What sports should she play? When is too early? When is too late? What should a parent's expectations be starting out? While there are no pat answers to these questions and no hard-and-fast rules, here is some general advice.

AEDs: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about automatic external defibrillators (AEDs).

Concussion Education Best Practices: A Parent's Checklist

Virtually every state in the country now requires that parents and players receive some basic concussion safety information as a condition to participation. Here's a checklist of what experts say all parents need to know.

SmartTeams Play Safe™ 2014 Summit To Present Health & Safety Best Practices

Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center will be the site for a groundbreaking youth sports health and safety summit on Monday, September 15, 2014. Sponsored by MomsTEAM Institute, a leading youth sports health and safety think tank and watchdog group, the SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices summit will feature a series of educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations by nationally-recognized clinicians, researchers and youth sports safety advocates.

Should Kids Play Multiple Sports or Focus On One Year-Round?

Parents often have a hard time understanding the extent and breadth of youth sports that their kids are involved with. As the child progresses the parents get advice from other parents, coaches and sport organizations. At some point most parents’ start questioning the information and seek answers elsewhere.

One of the most common questions is: Should my child play one sport year-round?

This seems like a simple question but the answers are often times conflicting so it depends on who is asked. Sometimes it is hard to get an informed answer from someone who makes a living on training and coaching kids in sports.

The question of whether multiple sports or a single sport is the right path for a youth athlete is a tough one to answer, but parents shouldn't expect an honest answer from someone who makes a living on training and coaching kids in sports.

Deb Bowen: "Aha" Moment After Son's Injury Inspired Career Teaching Yoga To Teen Athletes

In recognition of April as National Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam is again asking our friends in the health, fitness, nutrition and athletic training communities to write blogs answering two questions: first, how or why did they get into their field, and second, how have they made a difference in the life of a youth athlete in the past year.

Today, we hear from certified yoga instructor, Deb Bowen. 

A sports mom tells how she was inspired by her son's overuse injury to become a certified yoga teacher so she could bring the physical and mental benefits of yoga to teen athletes.

Fighting Obesity in Children and Teens: Resistance Training May Help More Than Aerobic Exercise, Experts Say

Low intensity, long-duration aerobic exercise is typically prescribed for youth who are overweight or obese, but has a number of drawbacks compared to resistance training, says an international consensus of experts in a new international position statement.

Involved Parents Raise Slimmer Adults

Remember that slim kid in school - the one with the cook-from-scratch mom? He's likely one of the fittest dudes at your high school reunion according to new research from Cornell University, published online in the journal PLOS ONE.

Five Snow Day Activities For Parents and Kids

Snow days can provide a surprisingly productive opportunity to build upon your child's social, emotional learning and resilience skills. Here are five ways parents can use snow days to help build their child's resilience.
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