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Former NHSCA Final Four wrestler Joey McKenna of Blair Academy wins silver at Junior World Wrestling Championships
Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine
The future of men's freestyle wrestling in this country looks very bright after the recent FILA Junior World Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, where silver medalists Aaron Pico and Joey McKenna were among six young Americans to claim World medals in that style. McKenna, the future Stanford collegian and Blair Academy graduate from Towaco, New Jersey, won his first four matches at 132 pounds before losing in the gold-medal bout, 8-0, against Iman Sadeghikoukandeh of Iran.
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COACHING NEWS


7-on-7 catching on, but worrying high school coaches
The Courant
That football would find its way into summer was inevitable, given that AAU basketball and soccer have long given high school players opportunities in those months. Some critics, of course, say it is not all that beneficial because it is not the real game; others see it as an opportunity to develop a quarterback and passing game and sharpen pass defense skills.
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How do you gear up for the start of football season?
By Chuck Cox
The first thing Kevin Atkinson does to prepare for another football season is to break out the swim trunks and get some sand between his toes. "I go to the beach and get away," said Atkinson, who is about to begin his third season as head coach at Denton High School in Texas. And while the annual sojourn with his family is the perfect way for Atkinson to get in the right state of mind, coaches all across the United States have their own methods to prepare for the madness of another grueling football season.
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The Turnaround by Jason Strunk, Lubbock High School (Texas) head football coach
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Get an inside look at a west Texas high school football program with The Turnaround written by the program's head coach Jason Strunk.
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Keeping turf fields in prime condition is about precision and expertise
District Administration
Installing a synthetic-surface athletic field can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars or more. Any school district that invests in one and then treats it as a maintenance-free luxury may end up spending a lot more money on repairs and replacements.
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Allen is preseason No. 1 in High School Football America/NHSCA Top 25 Poll
NHSCA
The Allen Eagles will be going after a couple of three-peats this year. First, there’s a third straight Texas championship and then there's High School Football America's "mythical" national championship three-peat.
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Survey: Abuse of prescription painkillers on rise among high school athletes
HealthDay News
Abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise among high school athletes, and football players are among the worst offenders, a new study shows. Generally, the student athletes used illegal substances more often than their peers who did not play sports, the study showed. Overall, substance abuse was more common among boys than girls. Football players, the researchers noted, used the most illegal drugs.
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Why successful people don't crumble under pressure
Forbes
What separates good athletes from extraordinary athletes is often their ability to perform in high pressure situations. The best skills in the world aren't valuable if athletes can't perform in when it matters most — in competition.
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Coaches tell players: Proceed with caution on social media
The Grand Rapids Press
If a player really wants to get on his coach's nerves these days, jumping offside on 4th-and-4 may no longer be the quickest way to do it. Hop on Twitter the night before the big game and explain how you are going to kick your opponent up and down the football field will get your coach foaming at the mouth, too.
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Do sports and other physical activities build self-esteem?
Psychology Today
Comments from the book "Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives," highlight what has become one of the most important areas of research in youth sports: the role they can play in developing self-esteem. As has been seen from the comments by authors, there is a widely held belief that the development of competence or expertise in sporting skills can lead to a sense of personal effectiveness and feelings of autonomy, and these are associated with the promotion of self-esteem.
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FITNESS AND CONDITIONING


NFL's new high-tech gear will provide more info about injuries
By Denise A. Valenti
The National Football League has partnered with Zebra Technologies for the 2014 season to monitor movement of players using real-time location systems in shoulder pads. The shoulder pads have chips that communicate with receivers that have been installed throughout the stadiums, and these chips will collect data related to position, speed and distance. The 15 stadiums that host Thursday Night Football games have the technology, and there will be 17 football teams participating in the upcoming season.
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Miami-Dade schools plan steroid testing program
Miami Herald
A day after Biogenesis founder Antonio Bosch admitted to providing steroids to — among others — high school athletes, the Miami-Dade School Board announced its commitment to start a testing program. The steroid testing will be a pilot program and will get under way during the coming school year, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said recently.
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Method of mass sports physicals questioned
Troy Daily News
Over the years, mass sports physical events conducted at schools were created to help students complete pre-participation physical examinations in an efficient manner. However, reports of sports-related illnesses and unexpected deaths have brought the effectiveness of this approach into question.
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