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The National Athletic Trainers' Association recently released a set of recommendations for precautions that should be followed by parents, coaches, athletic trainers, other health care professionals and participants in secondary school athletics, in order to prevent the spread of communicable and infectious diseases. More >>

By Suzanne Nelson, Sc.D., RD

FruitstandAt all day events or tournaments, stopping at a grocery or convenience store is usually a better bet than the concession stand, which typically offers foods that are high in fat, (e.g. nacho chips, cheese fries, and hot dogs) and are expensive. More >>

By Lucy Ferriss

There are five major questions that parents of elite athletes need to answer in the last two years of high school: (1) Should they engage in "process parenting" or "outcome parenting?" (2) How much of the family's financial and other resources should they spend on their star athlete? (3) What division (I, II, or III) will provide the best fit for their child in terms of sports versus academics and financial aid? (4) Should they hire a consultant to assist them and their child in the college recruitment process? and (5) When is it appropriate to postpone college by using the so-called "gap year"? More >>

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2007) -- The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has launched its own online Coach Education Program with two courses -- a Fundamentals of Coaching course and a First Aid for Coaches course. More >>

By Brooke de Lench

Too often these days, parents feel they have no choice but to pack their child's schedules with adult-supervised, adult-driven activities such as organized sports. But, as a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) makes clear, such activities should not come at the expense of free and unstructured play, which is critical to healthy child development. More >>

By Suzanne Nelson, Sc.D., RD

Thirsty youth athlete Because children tolerate heat and humidity less well than adults, there may be times when it will be necessary to modify or even cancel practices due to extremely hot or humid conditions. In deciding whether to do so, you should keep in mind the following. More >>

By Doug Wolf, MS, ATC, CSCS

The demographics of the weight room have certainly changed over the years. The days of the oversized male slamming around weights in a dark dirty room are a thing of the past. With the ongoing trend toward health and fitness and the ever increasing availability of gyms and home exercise equipment, more and more people - from young children to senior citizens to those with disabilities - are taking advantage of the benefits of resistance training. More >>

By Lindsay Barton

WrestlingHealth and sports officials, including the National Federation of State High School Associations, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the NCAA, all issued warnings in October 2003 about an antibiotic-resistant skin infection once common to hospitals and prisons but now being seen in those playing close-contact sports, such as wrestling and football. More >>

By Lindsey Barton

What Is Abuse? Your child is being abused when someone uses his or her power or position to harm them emotionally, physically, or sexually. More >>

By Tricia Alves

Cynthia Receives an AED As a student-athlete genetically predisposed to sudden cardiac arrest, the memory of the sudden death of 16-year-old Quentin Brown from heart failure during a 1996 basketball game at the North Carolina high school she now attends has stayed with Cynthia Patterson. More >>

By Dr. Steven Horwitz

According to a 1999 National Institute of Drug Abuse survey, steroid use among students is now at its highest point in a decade, with an estimated 479,000 students nationwide, or 2.9 percent, having used the drug by their senior year of high school. More >>

by Doreen Greenberg, Ph.D.

Frustrated basketball playerYou've just moved to a new school. They've got a pretty decent basketball team. You were the best point guard at your old school. But, here, the coach doesn't really know you -- and your position is a seat on the bench. You are getting pretty frustrated and angry. You don't even want to talk to him! More >>

By Robert C. Cantu, MD

Dr. CantuTeam physicians, athletic trainers, and other personnel responsible for the medical care of athletes face no more challenging problem than the recognition and management of concussions (generally defined as injury to the brain caused by a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head that results in any immediate, but temporary, alteration in brain functions, such as loss of consciousness, blurred vision, dizziness, amnesia or loss of memory). More >>

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From your daughter making the high school varsity as a first year student to your son getting cut from the J.V in his senior year, from being selected for the Olympic Development Program to tearing up a knee and with it all hopes of a college scholarship, youth sports during this stage takes on a new meaning. Summer sports camps, pep rallies, state championship swim and track meets, the highs and lows, the politics, the jockeying for position and playing time. MomsTeam experts, professionals and veteran sports parents are here to help you deal with it all. And, of course, you can share your stories, tips, and advice about parenting a high school athlete .

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By Suzanne Nelson, Sc.D., RD

SaladOne of the biggest nutritional challenges parents of youth athletes face is seeing that they eat properly away from home. More >>

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Adolescence is a new adventure - for boys and mothers alike. At no other point in life is a person changing so drastically. Child and parent must get used to new height, weight, appetite, and appearance. And with the t(w)een body producing more oil and odor than ever before, it's a time for building some basic hygiene habits - for two very good reasons. More >>

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By Kathy Peel

As kids across America begin packing up for summer camp, moms need to be reminding their teen sons that they can't wash their hair in the swimming pool and that staying clean and healthy is just as important as having fun. More >>

By Dr. Keith Wilson

PARENTS WANT TO LEARN: I write this letter to youth sports officials from the point of view of a parent who has been involved in youth sports for 15 years. I have been on the sidelines with all kinds of parents. These are some of these things that as parents we want officials to know.
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By Dr. Keith A. Wilson

Girls whispering at lockerThe now infamous video captured a May 3, 2003 hazing gone awry. As onlookers, some hoisting beer cups, cheered, senior girls at a suburban Chicago high school slugged juniors and showered them with mud, garbage, paint and feces, injuring five. More >>

High School Sports:
Rule Changes And Revisions
2002-2004 Girls Gymnastics Rules Changes
2003-04 Major Ice Hockey Rules Revisions
Rally Scoring Approved for High School Volleyball
Wrestling Rules Committee Continues Focus on Weight Management
High School Basketball Mercy Rule by State Adoption Approved

Letting It Go To Their Head Increasingly, High School Athletes Are Turning To Sports Psychologists

Boy in BleachersAt first, the Salem teenager balked when his parents asked him to see a shrink. "Do you think I have emotional problems?" asked Shelley Peirce, 15. But he gave it a try. More >>

Beginning with the 2007-08 soccer season, if a player enters the game improperly equipped, and it is discovered by an official, the coach will be cautioned (yellow card).

This addition to Rule 4-3 was one of four major rules changes approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Soccer Rules Committee at its January 28-29 meeting in Indianapolis. The rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. More >>

The National Association of Athletic Trainers recommends that parents look for the following ten things in evaluating the safety aspects of a high school athletic program.
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NORTH PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - There's never an off-season for extreme sports. Whether it's winter, spring, summer, or fall, at least one, two or more extreme sports are getting the time and attention of the American sporting public. More >>


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