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Study: Banning headers only part of stopping concussions
The Associated Press via USA Today
A group of scientists checked a decade's worth of data about what causes concussions in high school soccer. Their conclusion: While a ban on heading would help decrease head injuries, what the game really needs is better enforcement of rules restricting all sorts of player-to-player contact.
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NHSCA Sports Hour highlights Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year
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Tune in to the July 16 NHSCA Sports Hour with host Jeff Fisher as he talks with 2015 NHSCA Boys' Tennis Coach of the Year Dan Holden of Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. Listen to the radio show at 6 PM Eastern at artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.
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NHSCA Sports Hour: 2011 NHSCA Boys' Golfer of the Year Jordan Spieth chases history
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After an opening round 67 at the British Open at St. Andrews in Scotland, the birthplace of golf, 21-year old Jordan Spieth, who was the 2011 NHSCA Boys' Golfer of the Year, has put himself in position to have a shot at winning his third straight Grand Slam event and golfing history. If the Dallas Jesuit (Texas) grad, who is nearing his 22nd birthday, wins at St. Andrews, he would be only the second golfer to win the Masters, the U.S. Open and the British Open in the same calendar year — Ben Hogan did it in 1953.
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2014 NHSCA Baseball Coach of the Year enjoys watching former player in Major League Baseball All-Star Game
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There will be lots of celebrating in Toms River, New Jersey today as Todd Frazier, fresh off his 2015 All-Star Home Run Derby win, returns to his hometown. In addition to his family, you can be sure one of the people he'll see will be his former high school baseball coach Ken Frank, who was the 2014 NHSCA National Baseball Coachof the Year. Frank, who is the longtime head coach at Toms River South High School, said this about Frazier to the Asbury Park Press — "He's a Major League star, not just a Major Leaguer, which is hard to do."
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Dugout blamed for injury that cost school $1 million
Athletic Management
The location and design of a dugout were major factors considered by a jury that awarded a former Iowa high school baseball player $1 million after he suffered a severe head injury when he was struck in the head by a line drive during a game four years ago.
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Conforto finds road to promise in more than one sport
The New York Times
Michael Conforto, the New York Mets' great offensive hope, does not believe in sports specialization. His father, Mike, was a linebacker for Penn State in the 1970s. His mother, Tracie Ruiz-Conforto, won two gold medals in synchronized swimming at the 1984 Olympics. Michael Conforto played football — quarterback and safety — through high school, near Seattle, and would have played basketball if he had been good enough. Conforto, perhaps, would not be on the cusp of the majors if he had played only baseball.
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Family fitness: Teaching kids a healthy lifestyle begins at home
By Bob Kowalski
Numerous efforts have been made to improve children's health and fitness in recent years. First lady Michelle Obama has made strides in her efforts to upgrade school lunch menus and improve children's physical activity through the Let's Move! initiative. Many school districts are expanding physical education time, and some schools have even incorporated elements such as stand-up desks and school gardens. It turns out the best education regarding fitness might be found at home.
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Tennessee team forfeits season over player's physical
Knoxville News-Sentinel via Athletic Business
Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee forfeited all 16 of its wins from the 2015 high school baseball season after self-reporting to the TSSAA a player who was ineligible because the baseball coach didn't require him to submit an athletic physical, according to a letter from the high school athletic association. The 16 games in which the ineligible athlete participated and Blackman won were forfeited. The school was also fined $250.
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How to help coach an ADHD child athlete
ADDitude
There is no better advocate for a child with ADD or other neurological disorder — or for any child — than a parent. Parents, along with teachers and coaches, need to realize that each child's behavior is unique, even if it's not considered age-appropriate.
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Brain possibly the biggest beneficiary of exercise
Chicago Tribune via The Dallas Morning News
Exercise tones the legs, builds bigger biceps and strengthens the heart. But of all the body parts that benefit from a good workout, the brain may be the big winner. Physical fitness directly affects our mind and plays a crucial role in the way the brain develops and functions.
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Rules changes approved for high school baseball, softball
NFHS
Beginning with the 2016 high school baseball season, umpires will be required to issue a warning to coaches before restriction to the bench/dugout or ejecting them as part of a new penalty progression to promote preventive officiating. In softball, Rule 3-3-3 prohibits the use of a projected substitute, which is now defined in the new article as "a player who does not immediately participate in the game." The revision was one of two changes recommended by the NFHS Baseball Rules Committee at its recent meeting.
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Will Team USA's win help level the playing field for women?
PBS
The U.S. women's soccer team achieved a record-breaking victory against reigning champion Japan in the final game of the 2015 World Cup. Deborah Slaner Larkin of the Women's Sports Foundation and Cheryl Cooky of Purdue University discuss the win and whether it will help to promote equality for women in sports.
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After personal tragedy, mother on a mission to save lives of young athletes
Longview News-Journal
Who We Play For is a movement to protect the hearts of our youth by providing affordable heart screenings. Debbie Goyne, who lost her son Brandon to an undiagnosed heart condition when he was 20, retired from teaching and now serves as the Heart Screening Coordinator for the Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas region for Who We Play For. In correlation, the Goynes established the Brandon Goyne Foundation in 2013 to champion the cause for EKGs to be added to required athletic physicals.
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The best form of cardio just keeps getting better
The Huffington Post
A jump rope weighs next to nothing and can fit in your pocket, and when you start using it, you can burn approximately the same number of calories you would when running an 8-minute mile. It is considered one of the most effective workouts due to this calorie burn, as well as its higher intensity, its additional resistance component and its use of the entire body.
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    Youth sports specialization: Is it really a negative? (Standard Examiner)
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