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youth sports

March 26, 2017

LeBron James: If you care for kids, give them guidance

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James had some thoughts on coaching and leadership Sunday evening, which he shared via Twitter. James, who last week was ranked 11th on Fortune's list of "world's greatest leaders," said leaders — especially thos...


March 24, 2017

Montana bill would expand concussion rules for youth sports

A new bill in Montana seeks to expand the state's concussion laws, requiring non-public schools and youth organizations to comply with protocols already in place for public high schools. Montana in 2013 passed a law that requires student-athletes ...


March 13, 2017

Study: Specialization before age 12 increases risk of injury

A study conducted by Emory Sports Medicine recommends that young athletes should not specialize in sports before age 12, train more hours per week then their age, and should limit training to less than 16 hours per week to avoid injury. Physician ...


December 12, 2016

Texas launching extensive study of brain injuries in young athletes

Texas this week is launching a massive study to examine brain injuries in young athletes and whether new initiatives are making a difference. The study is commissioned by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) and the O'Donnell Brain Institut...


November 1, 2016

Study: Kids’ brains altered after just one season of football

A new study suggests that sub-concussive blows might be enough to alter the brains of young children who play football. The study was conducted with the help of researchers at the Wake Forest School of Medicine and published in the medical journ...


October 10, 2016

SportsMed: The dangers of early sport specialization

Compared to previous generations, children today are becoming more exposed to year-round, recurring-season participation in a single sport. Parents hope that their children can become sports superstars, and the pressure to play a single sport at youn...


October 7, 2016

Playing & Practicing: Why you can’t have one without the other

Baseball is an individual sport played within a team concept. It was that way when Abner Doubleday invented the game in 1839 and remains that way here in 2016. It’s a constant of the game’s blueprint that likely won’t ever change. What has c...


September 15, 2016

Study: Rate of injuries among youth soccer players has doubled

A new study released this week suggests that the rate of injuries among youth soccer players has dramatically increased since 1990. The study — conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Childr...