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Aug, 2017

How Kids’ Sports Became a $15 Billion Industry

Across the nation, kids of all skill levels, in virtually every team sport, are getting swept up by a youth-sports economy that increasingly resembles the pros at increasingly early ages.


Aug, 2017

Cubs manager Joe Maddon: Specialization of youth sports 'obnoxious'

Joe Maddon expressed his displeasure with travel ball during his first spring training as Cubs manager in 2015.And Maddon wasn’t shy Tuesday about expressing his thoughts on children directed toward concentrating on one sport.


Jun, 2017

The incredible shrinking pool of youth sports officials

A recent national survey showed just two out of every ten officials lasts more than three years. More often than not the cause is lack of sportsmanship, and poor parent behavior is cited as the reason for leaving the game.


Jun, 2017

The epidemic that’s ruining youth sports

“I’m seeing these overuse injuries in younger and younger people,” says Michael A. Kelly, MD, chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.


Jun, 2017

USA Football unveils changes to help youth players grow into game

Looking to enhance the experience for young football players and ultimately help increase participation, USA Football is unveiling a pilot program Wednesday in 11 leagues across the country that features fewer players, smaller fields, no special teams and no three-point stances.


May, 2017

My kids’ youth sports experience taught me an important lesson in kindness

As an author of kids’ books, a soccer coach, a mom and an advocate, I spend a lot of time thinking and writing about how the benefits of kids playing sports reach beyond the fields. In addition to being fun, I believe sports are a powerful tool for education, change and equality.


May, 2017

Study shows youth baseball, softball participation on the rise

Finally, baseball is getting good news about its effort to increase youth participation in the sport.Stunning news, really.


May, 2017

Drew Brees on raising awareness of Exertional Heat Stroke (EHS), the importance of youth sports

In recent years there has been constant news of heat stroke and heat-related incidents that emerge at the onset of summer training for football season. These incidents have sparked a certain amount of recognition that heat stroke is a significant threat, but not nearly enough.


May, 2017

Are Warm Ups Breaking Down Little League Pitchers?

Baseball marks the end of winter and the start of spring, and we as a nation delight in watching not only the pros but also our kids play this great game.Unfortunately, we sports medicine doctors are seeing an increase in injuries to the throwing arm in youngsters, and many of these require surgery.


May, 2017

NFL draft shows the benefits of playing multiple sports

It’s not uncommon to hear parents or coaches say that kids should pick one sport at an early age and practice and play only that sport. They argue that early specialization will give those kids an advantage in college recruiting and even getting to the pros.There is one problem with that argument. It’s just not true.
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