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NHSCATFXC.com releases preseason national high school cross country rankings
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North Central High School from Spokane, Washington is ranked as the No. 1 preseason boys' cross country team in the nation by NHSCATFXC.com, the country's premiere ranking service for the sport. Great Oak from Temecula, California is the No. 1 girls' cross country team. Included are the entire top 10s, plus links to the U.S. top 50s.
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Preventing heat illness in young athletes
KTHV-TV
One of the biggest challenges for young athletes is attempting to train or perform safely and effectively in the heat. Children and teens don't get rid of heat through sweat as effectively as adults. Young athletes often are disciplined enough to make themselves drink, and during practices and games, young athletes are easily distracted and they forget to take breaks and hydrate.
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Independent baseball league introduces changes to speed up games
USA Today
The Atlantic League, an independent baseball league with clubs in the Northeast and Texas, ratified a series of rule changes aimed to speed the sport's pace of play. Some of the Atlantic League's new rules seem a bit outlandish, and unlikely to be adopted at the Major League level. But other new efforts to speed up games might prove valuable to the big leagues.
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Rates of excessive drinking among student-athletes falling
NCAA
Excessive drinking among student-athletes is falling and they are using social drugs at lower rates than their peers on campus, but now their use of prescription drugs is increasing, according to a new NCAA substance use study. In 2013, the NCAA surveyed roughly 21,000 student-athletes regarding their substance use habits as part of an ongoing assessment conducted every four years.
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NHSCA Radio Show
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Listen to the NHSCA Sports Hour presented by the National High School Coaches Association with host Jeff Fisher, every Thursday at 6 P.M. Eastern. Listen LIVE at www.artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm
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NCAA reaches $75 million settlement in concussion lawsuit
Chicago Tribune
The NCAA would embrace a new protocol to handle athlete concussions and would spend millions of dollars to monitor former players as long as those athletes are barred from filing class-action claims in the future, under a proposed settlement announced in federal court in Chicago. Described as a "commitment to student-athlete safety," the $75 million deal would protect the NCAA from the type of costly settlement the NFL is negotiating with its retired players.
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Conti earns her stripes as college football official
The Associated Press via Los Angeles Daily News
Like many wannabe actors, Cat Conti found herself waiting tables after college. And had it not been for her getting to know a high school coach at the sports grill where she worked, she wouldn't be among the four women who will be on-field officials in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season. The 38-year-old Conti had been assigned to the Southeast Missouri State-Kansas game, making her the first woman to work a football game in the Big 12 Conference.
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Uptempo NFL is forcing refs into shape
The Wall Street Journal
The NFL is faster than ever. The "no-huddle" offense has exploded and forced one position on the field to get into better shape. The referees. The NFL recently gave referees fitness tests to whip them into shape for the coming season, which may be their toughest ever.
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FITNESS AND CONDITIONING


How food affects your muscle-building hormones
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You are how your body responds to what you eat. What you put in your mouth can have a dramatic effect on your hormones — the all-important chemicals that tell your body what to do. When it comes to building performance-fueling muscle, knowing how your body responds to carbohydrates, fats and proteins will help you get bigger, faster.
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Experts: Working out in the heat is safe if done right
The Tribune
If done with the right precautions, there is no reason to fear a hot workout, experts say. In fact, some say an intentionally hot workout could improve performance in a race or have other health benefits.
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Beyond making calls: How tech is changing the fitness industry
By Brie Ragland
How do we allow people to become more active but stay connected at the same time? This is a question those in the technology sector have been facing for quite some time. In general, it seems that people today want to maintain their health and fitness routines while never disconnecting from their social and business aspects of life. What is the simplest way to solve that conundrum? Smartphones, mobile apps and wearable health gadgets.
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