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8 Ways Mothers Can Make Youth Sports Safer And Enjoyable For All

What serves mothers so well as sports parents is their natural protectiveness, nurturing instinct, emotional openness, and their belief in the importance of fair play, cooperation, connectedness, inclusiveness and the value of doing one's best over winning and competition.  Here are 8 ways moms can use their special gifts to help their child - and all children - have the best possible sports experience.

Using Intuition Key To Sports Parenting Success

Are you trying to decide whether and when to let your child start playing sports , try out for a competitive travel team or begin specializing in a single sport? Are you considering pulling your child off a team because you sense tjhat your child is at risk of emotional or sexual abuse by the coach? My advice is to trust your intuition.

Background Check Disclosed Little League President Charged With Embezzlement Had Embezzled Before

Stories of embezzlement of funds from youth sports organizations appear in the media on a regular basis. but the latest story really takes the cake. 

Muscle and Joint Pain Relief

Brooke de Lench, athlete, author and founder of MomsTeam, talks about Boiron's Arnicare line.

Concussion Bill of Rights # 4: An Athletic Trainer Should Be On Staff

Among the things which increase the anxiety level of parents of children playing contact sports is the fact that many high school programs don't employ athletic trainers who have received training in recognizing the often subtle signs of a concussion. Only 42 percent of U.S. high schools, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association, have access to an AT.* In some states, the number is much lower (Over three-quarters of Nebraska high schools, for instance, are without ATs).

Stretching, Warm Ups and Cool Downs Prevent Youth Sports Injuries

While not all youth sports injuries are preventable, sport specific strength and conditioning training and adequate rest between games go a long way in preventing both serious and minor injuries. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that children and adolescents include fitness exercises during each training session to develop specific skills required for that sport. While fitness activities may be geared towards the strength, endurance and flexibility requirements of that sport, they should not exclude other components of a well-rounded general fitness program.

Ten Signs of a Good Youth Sports Program

Part Two examines five more important signs of a good youth sports program, from required coaching training and evalutations to sensible limits on number of practices and games per week.

Ten Signs of a Good Youth Sports Program

Part one explores the top five signs of a good youth sports program, Risk management and child protection programs, Child-centered or not, Inclusiveness, Equal playing time...

Oversight of AED Program by Medical Director/Physician Essential

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are manufactured and sold under guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Current FDA regulations make AEDs, like many drugs, available only to those with a physician's prescription. Simply finding a physician willing to write the necessary prescription, however, is not enough; in order for an AED or Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program to be safe and effective, the program needs constant oversight by a medical director.

Concussion Bill of Rights #1: The Pre-Season Concussion Safety Meeting

The first right of parents under the Parent's Concussion Bill of Rights is to the right to expect that their child's athletic program will hold a concussion education and safety meeting for parents and athletes before every season. This is because the best way to ensure that athletes who suffer concussions playing sports have the best possible outcome in both the short and long term is to educate them and their parents about the importance of self-reporting and the parent's role in the critical return to play decision.

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