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High school athletes need more help with mental health issues
Reuters
While concussions and physical injuries in high school sports are commanding more attention, young athletes still aren't getting enough help with mental health issues such as depression, bullying, substance abuse, and eating disorders, experts say. New guidelines released at the sixth Youth Sports Safety Summit in Dallas, hosted by the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Youth Sports Safety Alliance, urge coaches and parents to be more vigilant in watching for signs of mental distress.
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Girls' basketball team reinstated, coach barred over pink on jerseys
Los Angeles Times
California's Narbonne High girls' basketball team thought it was doing a nice thing, wearing uniforms with pink letters and pink numbers to acknowledge breast cancer awareness. Instead, their good deed got them punished — and nearly disqualified. The team was reinstated to the City Section basketball playoffs by a three-person appeals panel, a decision that came a day after City Section officials had bounced Narbonne from competition because it violated a rule that prohibits teams from wearing anything but their official school colors.
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Expert urges coaches to limit contact, especially for youngest players
AL.com
Young athletes shouldn't play tackle football, and new research suggests the sport should potentially be limited to players in high school and older, said Dr. Robert Cantu, professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Cantu spoke recently at the second annual Concussion Summit at Children's of Alabama. The brains of children younger than 12 are changing and developing at a rapid pace, and researchers don't know yet how concussions and hits to the head might affect long-term development, Cantu said.
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What athletes need to know to get recruited
USA Today
College coaches all have different approaches to identifying and evaluating potential athletes. The tricky part is to project the development and maturity of a 16- or 17-year-old athlete and how successfully they will adapt to college life. Coaches rely on trusted sources and their experience to identify talent and determine which athletes are a good fit for their program. Athletes need to understand how they are identified and evaluated to have the best chance to get recruited.
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New York City Public Schools told to add more sports for girls
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
New York City must offer more sports opportunities for high school girls in order to comply with federal Title IX provisions, federal officials said in a ruling made public recently. The ruling from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights says city high schools need to provide at least 3,862 more spots on teams for girls in order to achieve gender equity.
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Should athletes eat fat or carbs?
The New York Times
For decades, recreational and competitive athletes have stoutly believed that we should — even must — consume a diet rich in carbohydrates to fuel exertion. The conventional wisdom has been to avoid fatty foods because they are an inefficient fuel source and could lead to weight gain. But in recent years, some scientists and quite a few athletes have begun to question those beliefs.
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Tracking brain blood flow may help predict concussion outcomes
HealthDay News
In the days and weeks following a concussion, it's often tough to give patients a clear sense of their recovery time. Now, a new study of college football players suggests that measuring blood flow in the brain might help.
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Survey of social media use of student-athletes
Fieldhouse Media
Results of a survey of 927 student-athletes done by Fieldhouse Media show that Instagram is the most-used social media platform among respondents. Among respondents, 43 percent say they spend more than one hour per day on social media, 37 percent say they've posted something on social media that they regret and 8 percent say they've witnessed teammates being cyberbullied.
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Gainesville Tornadoes thank their unexpected fans
CBS News
VideoBrief At a Gainesville, Texas, juvenile correction facility for felony offenders, one of the few perks, for very good behavior, is a chance to leave the prison a few times a year to play basketball. The Gainesville Tornadoes, who usually have no cheering fans, got a surprise when they visited Vanguard College Prep in Waco.
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Missouri earns NCAA research grant to study black male athlete experience
Columbia Daily Tribune
A proposal, focusing on the experience of black male student-athletes at Missouri and what the department can do to better help them attain their goals, was one of six chosen from a pool of 94 applicants by the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice grant program, a program used to fund research "aimed at benefiting college athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health." Missouri's team earned the highest level of grant money available: $25,000. The other five winning proposals will split $75,000.
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Why nitrate supplementation may increase athletic performance
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology via ScienceDaily
Walk down the aisles of any food supplement store and you'll see that the use of nitrate supplements by athletes and fitness buffs has been popular for years. The hope is that these supplements will increase endurance, and possibly other performance/health benefits, by improving the efficiency at which muscles use oxygen. Now, a research study helps explain how some of these supplements may work.
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NFL might do away with 40-yard dash at combine
Fox Sports
Could the 40-yard dash become a thing of the past at the NFL Combine? Matt Birk, the NFL's director of player development, hinted at the league making changes to the testing drills that have become a staple to the annual event.
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