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April 30, 2018

Coach certification is vital to schools

In most professions, individuals must meet high standards and earn a certification or license. This includes lawyers, medical doctors, plumbers and truck drivers. In education, teachers have to earn an instructional certificate in their subject ma...


February 8, 2018

Eight tips for coaching girls at all levels

The goal for coaches is to win games and turn athletes into quality people. But there may come a time when you're asked to adjust your style to accommodate the opposite gender or coach a group of athletes you may not be familiar with. For some...


December 31, 2017

Track, volleyball most popular sports among U.S. high school girls

Nearly 500,000 high school girls participated in track and field during the 2016-17 school year, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations' annual survey.  ...


December 27, 2017

Football still far and away most popular sport among high school boys

More than one million American boys played high school football in 2016-17. While it is still the most played sport among boys, participation decreased by more than 23,000 players from the previous year. (See chart at bottom of page.) Data compile...


November 23, 2017

Committed to Excellence: Minnesota high school dedicated to athletes on and off playing surfaces

The words “commitment to excellence” have hung above Kurt Habeck’s office door since Eastview High School (Minnesota) opened 21 years ago. It was a testament to his program’s pledge to help students improve inside and outside of sports, b...


June 27, 2017

Helping your athletes choose proper shoes

I thought I knew a lot about running. I had been a competitive distance runner on the national level for many years. So, when I was asked to work at a specialty running store, I figured it was a perfect fit. It was there that I learned how to anal...


May 15, 2017

Is foot pronation as bad as it seems?

Runners today must often travel to their nearest specialty shoe store for recommendations on the best footwear. Typically, after taking shoe size measurements, sales people will take the athlete through a gait analysis by either running across the sa...


April 27, 2017

Why playing multiple sports matters

To become an expert at something — especially in sports — conventional wisdom suggests that you dedicate yourself wholly to that sport. But while practice can make perfect, it's important for young athletes to recognize the many advantages of bra...


February 3, 2017

Getting more from running warm-ups

The days of taking a lap and static stretching as a warm-up are over. Chuck Woolridge, the successful cross country and track coach at Campolindo High School in Moraga, California, has learned quite a bit about the ancillary aspects of running in ...


November 22, 2016

NFHS survey: High school football decline is slowing

The latest national participation survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations revealed that more kids are playing prep sports than ever before. That’s a fine achievement, but the focus continues to be on football and whether...