|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
Advertise in this news brief.
Coaches see an increase in athletes switching high schools
Transferring at the high school level, what was formerly a last-resort practice, has ostensibly become the new norm, rampant to the point that, as ESPN high school basketball writer Dave Telep put it, "it's almost abnormal if kids are not transferring, which is really sad. We're in this cycle where guys are looking for the next best opportunity." But why now?
New rule enhances sportsmanship
The landscape of high school sports is ever-changing. Plenty of freshmen are beginning their careers in high school athletics, while some seniors will be looking to make their final mark. A lot has changed in the time that those seniors have been in high school. Athletes are bigger and stronger, games are more competitive and the rules have become easier or harder to follow. One rule that has been adapted for the upcoming school year involves sportsmanship, something we have been taught about from the first time we step on a football field, tennis court or soccer pitch.
High school athletes going to greater lengths to get noticed
Many high school athletes want the chance to play college sports. College coaches want to recruit the best high school athletes. The business model for an online recruiting service builds itself. That business model, shared by websites like beRecruited.com, ncsasports.org and hudl.com, is worth millions in the U.S. each year and the number of sites and athletes who subscribe is growing.
The cost of playing high school sports
The Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Parents are not required to spend money for their kids to participate in high school sports in the state of California. However, if there was no outside money coming in for the William S. Hart District Union High School District schools' athletic programs, it's clear that it would be extremely challenging for coaches and administrators to run the programs. In fact, one Foothill League athletic director and former boys basketball head coach said if he only received money from the school's Associated Student Body for boys basketball and didn't fundraise or receive donations, only his varsity team could play in two tournaments. That means his lower levels would be in zero.
Concussions and high school football: Laws just a first step
GateHouse Media via CantonRep.com
In just five years, 49 states have passed laws to raise awareness about concussions and ensure proper treatment of head injuries in young athletes. The rapid spread of "return-to-play" laws came after the revelation of long-term brain damage in several former National Football League players and alarm at the local level that young athletes needed more protection and clear standards of care in dealing with concussions.
Coach puts moms in game, teaches terminology, strategy to eager parents
Football moms at one Ohio high school will be equipped with knowledge on the sidelines this fall. Hudson High School football coach Ron Wright gave the moms a unique lesson when he put them in their sons' shoes for a night. Wright hosted a football clinic for the mothers of the players on his football team earlier this week to familiarize them with the game. About 50 moms took part in the classroom learning session, which was followed by an on-field component.
Limit youth football practice hits for brain health
Scientific American via Yahoo News
Brain injury is a growing concern in football. But changes during practice could make the game safer for kids by cutting total blows to the head in half. So finds the largest study ever to measure head impacts in youth football. The work is in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering.
Restrictions added for Missouri high school football practices
The Kansas City Star
The opening week of high school football practice in Missouri has taken on a new look. It's more attractive to some than others. The Missouri State High School Activities Association has placed added limitations on the first five days of practice in all contact sports, citing benefits discovered through national research.
How to train your body to do the impossible
The Huffington Post
A one-hour workout accounts for just four percent of our day. And though we try to keep this fact in mind when we're talking ourselves into walking to the gym, some days it feels hard just to get off the couch. On those sluggish days, we seek a little motivation from the people who are pretty much our opposites: What would a true specimen of ultimate fitness training do?
Reducing injury risk in female athletes
Each year the number of female athletes who are participating in high school sports appears to be growing. With sports like soccer, basketball, field hockey, crew, lacrosse, track and softball, athletes are now given the chance to play their sport almost year round.
8 exercises to improve lower-body strength
Strong legs can make you an asset on the playing field. If you want to be fast, agile and resilient in your sport, your best option is to strengthen the major muscle groups of your thighs and hips. And the best way to do this is to perform compound lower-body movements that target your quads, hamstrings and glutes.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063