Important Tips to Keep Players Safe From Concussions

concussions_postEvery coach in every sport has athletes at risk for concussions. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head. Concussions are certainly more prevalent in high impact sports like football and hockey. But concussions can happen in any sport where athletes are at risk for uncontrolled collisions or falls. Read more

Q&A: What are the Best Foods to Sustain Energy During Tournaments?

best_tournament_foods_postSustaining energy during a regular game can be difficult. However, when an athlete is involved in an entire weekend of tournament play it can be downright impossible. Hockey mom, Wendy, asks our expert, Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and the team nutritionist for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals, for advice on the best fuel for tournament play. Read more

Q&A: Are There Better Fueling Options Than Energy Drinks?

better-fueling-options-postThe sheer number of energy drinks on the market today is staggering. There are so many options, it might seem as though they should be an integral part of an athlete’s diet. Hockey mom, Wendy, questions the use of such drinks for her son. In the following article, Dr. Christopher Mohr, nutrition spokesperson and consultant, provides Wendy his best advice for nutritionally sound ways to fuel her son’s growing body. Read more

Keeping Your Athlete Safe

keeping-your-athlete-safe-postAs a parent, you play an important role in the safety of your youth athlete. These tips offer helpful advice as you strive for an injury-free season. Read more

What You Should Know About Asthma

know-about-asthma-postAccording to WebMD, nearly 6.5 million children suffer from asthma.  The incidents of the disorder, which is characterized by difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and wheezing, has nearly doubled since 1980 in individuals under the age of 18.  While scientists race to discover the reasons for the sharp increase, many child athletes suffer with the condition.  The following article offers tips for helping child athletes live and play with asthma. Read more

Should Kids Play with Pain?

play_with_pain_post1After a tough practice it is normal for muscles to be sore or tight.  Pain is a regular part of participating in sports, however, with a growing number of youth athletes suffering from over use injuries, it is important to ask, if it healthy for kids to be in pain when they are taking part in sporting events. The following article discusses why your should never ignore your player’s pain and what it might be telling you. Read more

Is Your Stomach Ready for The Big Game?

stomach_pains_postEven if you’ve had the exceptional training, what you put in your mouth prior to practice or a game can make or break your performance. Proper eating habits on game day are simply key to your success. Read more

Prepare Your Child with Nutrition and Rest

sports_nutrition_and_rest_postOne of the most important aspects of youth sports is having the young ones prepared with proper rest and nutrition. To make sure your child is ready to have fun and compete to the best of his or her ability, follow some of the following tips. Read more

Remember: Give Young Athletes Plenty of Fluids

sports_drinks_postOdds are you wouldn’t let your son or daughter play goalie in a hockey game without a face mask. You wouldn’t send your son onto the ice without a helmet, either. But here’s a sports precaution you may overlook – getting kids to drink water and other healthy fluids. Read more

Q&A: How to Help Your Player Get Bigger and Stronger

food_teenager_postBecky asks: “My son is 15 years old and is playing hockey (midgets).  He is 5’7 weighs 145 and is trying to figure out how to make himself stronger.  I would like to know what he can eat, pick up weights or what, so that when he gets hit he won’t get hurt.  He is tall but slender.” Read more

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