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Is sportsmanship a lost cause these days?
By Bob Kowalski
When it comes to sports, figuring out the winners and losers used to be as easy as looking at the scoreboard. But with recent occurrences like the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" controversy and Major League Baseball's and the FBI's investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals' hacking of a Houston Astros database, some plays in sports have gone out of bounds. Is sportsmanship a lost cause, or can coaches play a role in developing that quality in athletes?
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Past NHSCA Sports Hour Radio Shows available in archive
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Benefits of sports to a child's mind, heart all part of the game
NPR via KCUR-FM
Parents know that the physical exercise their kids are getting through sports is good for their health. But that's not their only motivation for encouraging the children to participate in organized athletics.
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Cancer among soccer players prompts California city to pay extra for alternative artificial turf
Press-Telegram
Long Beach, California may join other cities and organizations in spurning artificial turf fields cushioned with crumbs of recycled tires because of concerns about the potential health effects they could have on children. The Parks and Recreation Commission decided recently to recommend the use of natural fiber materials as the standard infill for all future synthetic field projects in the city.
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End of the line for Rawlings' football helmets
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rawlings’ football helmets are getting sacked far short of their goal. Five years after Rawlings Sporting Goods jumped back into the football helmet business, the company is cutting short its gridiron comeback.
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Researchers have a theory to explain why high-school athletes go on to be successful in life
Business Insider
For years, economists have shown that former student athletes go onto earn significantly more than their non-sports-playing peers — between 5 percent and 15 percent more, according to research cited by the Atlantic. Now, a new study, published in the "Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies," suggests a potential explanation for those higher salaries: One-time athletes are seen as having more self-confidence, more self-respect and better leadership skills than people who pursued other hobbies — yearbook and band, in the case of the study.
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Leadership classes a 'powerful experience' for Texas coaches, athletes
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At the core of high school athletics is the notion of teaching student-athletes valuable lessons that translate to everyday life. While some might argue that concern over win-loss records and playoff appearances have eroded some of those ideals, there's no denying Texas' Mansfield ISD continues to search for ways to instill those core principles. As an example, the district just concluded its first year offering a for-credit class known as Athletic Leadership. The one-semester course was open to select freshmen students.
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All-state softball pitcher has message after being hit in face with line drive
MLive
Emily Kimball, a softball pitcher in Michigan, her family and coaches are spreading the word about the importance of face masks after she was struck in her left cheek by a line drive while pitching for her Elite 18U team at a tournament recently. Kimball was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance and treated for several small facial fractures. "I've never had a ball come at me so hard," Kimball said. “I didn't have any time to react, and I thought my face was gone."
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School coaches often ill-equipped to spot, manage concussions
HealthDay News
U.S. middle school and high school coaches may not be sufficiently trained and equipped to quickly recognize concussions in student athletes, two new studies suggest. Without solid concussion training, coaches may mishandle a student's head injury, experts said.
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Stretching baseball scholarship dollars key to college success
Baseball America
In college baseball, managing the financial side of recruiting and building a team is as big a task as assembling a bullpen, and inequalities in the system are as common as dirt on the mound. The NCAA's 11.7 limit on baseball scholarships is best understood as a cap, rather than a universally set amount. As the actual amount of aid baseball coaches distribute among their student-athletes, its existence is far from universal.
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This is what drinking too much water during exercise does to your body
The Washington Post
The idea that you should always stay hydrated has been ingrained in many of us since childhood by everyone from Little League coaches to parents. For many athletes that advice has been translated into drinking a lot and drinking often while exercising. Now a panel of experts says that practice is not only outdated but dangerous.
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Time is right to make major impact on prevention of youth sports injuries
Healio
Under the direction and leadership of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the STOP Sports Injuries program was developed during the past 4 to 5 years as a comprehensive public outreach program. The program focuses on the importance of sports safety, specifically as it relates to overuse and trauma injuries in youth sports, for some 29 different sports.
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    Benefits of exercise go well beyond the muscles (WebMD Health News via Kern Golden Empire)
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Pay-to-play: The business of college athletic recruitment (Forbes)
Study reveals gender gaps in high school sports (The Washington Post)
Poor fitness is a bigger threat to child health than obesity (The Conversation)

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