Youth Athletics

Nonprofit Finds A Fun Way to Fight Childhood Obesity

Girls On The Run has now become an international organization training 8- to 10-year-old girls to run a 5k in a 10-week program while teaching them about good self esteem and life skills through fun activities.  Created by Molly Barker in 1996, Girls On The Run has grown from a group of 13 girls to tens …

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What is a Concussion? It’s Not Part of the Game

A young athlete never wants to hear the coach say, “sit out,” or “you’re done for today.” It’s easy for teens to think they are being punished when asked to sit out of a game because of a fall during the last play … a fall that really didn’t seem so bad. But sometimes, it …

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Youth Athletes: Teens and Sports Injuries

Let’s talk teens and sports injuries. There are two main types of sports injuries: an acute traumatic injury and an overuse or chronic injury. An acute traumatic injury involves a trauma from a single blow to an area of the body. They can include any of the following: fractures, strains, sprains, lacerations/cuts, abrasions/scrapes, head/neck/spinal cord …

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5 Keys to Prevent Sports-Related Injuries in Children

CNN recently compiled a list of “5 Ways To Help Your Children Stay In The Game Injury-Free.” The list goes as follows: 1.  Diversify your child’s sports portfolio. Essentially don’t just focus on one sport, but play a variety of sports so as to change the stresses on a young person’s body. 2.  Don’t let …

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Some Timely Lessons For Avoiding Back Pain While Shoveling Snow

If you are living anywhere close or around the Northern Virginia area, then you are used to getting ** snowed ** in. As I sit in the home office recovering from what surely will not be my last round of snow shoveling, I am realizing that my back is feeling a little tight. I’m certain I …

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