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Serious Overuse Injuries Linked To Athlete's Socioeconomic Status

Are athletes whose families can afford the high cost of today's increasingly specialized and expensive youth sports paying a price in higher rates of injury? The answer appears to be yes, according to new research for the first time links overuse injury rates in young athletes with their socioeconomic status.

Don Hooton: Making A Difference In The Fight Against Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

Two years ago, in recognition of April as Youth Sports Safety Month, MomsTeam asked 30 experts to write a blog 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 are honored to hear the story of Don Hooton, Sr. of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, which is working to educate America's youth and adult influencers about the dangers of Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs.

Weightlifting For Youth: Can Be Safe and Enjoyable, Expert Panel Says

Participation in the sport of weightlifting and the performance of weightlifting movements as part of a strength and conditioning program can be safe, effective and enjoyable for children for children and adolescents, says a new position statement by an international panel of experts.

Expert Panel Issues Resistance Training Guidelines For Children and Adolescents

A new international consensus position statement contains comprehensive guidelines on youth resistance training, and has been endorsed by 10 leading professional organizations within the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, and pediatrics. 

Resistance Training For Children: Emphasize Muscle Strength, Function, And Control, Not Muscle Size

Appropriately designed resistance training programs can benefit youth of all ages, with children as young as 5-6 years of age making noticeable improvements in muscular fitness following exposure to basis resistance training using free weights, elastic resistance bands and machine weights, says a new international consensus statement.

Resistance Training: Unique Benefits For Young Female Athletes

A resistance training program, while beneficial for all children and teens, is particularly important for young adolescent girls, says a new international consensus position statement.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery Puts At Greater Risk Of Osteoarthritis Later in Life, Say Researchers

Teens who have ACL reconstruction are more likely to demonstrate osteoarthritic changes later in life, say researchers presenting to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's (AOSSM) Specialty Day in New Orleans on March 15, 2014.

Insurance Coverage, Household Income Affect Timing Of ACL Surgery In Children and Teens, Researchers Say

Whether a child or teen has early ACL reconstructive surgery that experts recommend is more a function of their parent's insurance coverage and household income than strictly medical considerations, say researchers in a paper presented at American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) 2014 Specialty Day in New Orleans.

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.

Resistance Training For Children and Teens: Compelling Evidence of Benefits, Expert Group Says

Thinking about starting your child or teen in a resistance training program, but wondering whether it is a good idea? Not only is there no cause for concern, but, according to a new international consensus statement (Loyd RS, et al 2014), resistance training for children and adolescents has two major benefits: improved athletic performance and a positive effect on overall health.
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