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Football changes everything for autistic Michigan teen
Detroit Free Press
Josh Bailey walked across the sideline at Lakeland High School — a teenager with autism playing on a varsity football team — and if the story ended right there, it would be amazing, heartwarming and an inspiration on its own. But there is so much more.
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Steady as she goes in latest High School Football America Top 25
NHSCA
The Top 10 stayed solid as a rock this past weekend, but change is on the horizon with the much anticipated Southern California-Nevada showdown between No. 6 St. John Bosco (California) and No. 7 Bishop Gorman (Nevada). Both teams have played tough interstate schedules to open the season.
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It's the rule: New rules improve kickoff safety
The World
At the beginning of the season last year, the National Federation of State High School Associations made an important change to a rule about kickoffs to make the action safer for players. That rule states "no member of the kicking team shall initiate contact to block an opponent on a kickoff until the kick has traveled 10 yards, or a member the receiving team initiates a block" in the 10-yard area separating the two teams. This year, the NFHS added two additional rules to make kickoffs safer.
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Texas running back delivers epic message of inspiration
Fox Sports
A Texas high school football player secured his place in the postgame interview hall of fame after delivering a motivational speech that would make even the crustiest coach's heart swell and eyes water. Apollos Hester and the East View Patriots defeated the Vandegrift Vipers 42-41 and the senior's infectious personality quickly showed during an interview with TWC News Austin.
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Prep football mercy rule has its share of detractors
ThisWeek Community News
There were several rules changes implemented by the Ohio High School Athletic Association for football this season, with the most notable being the addition of a mercy rule. As with most changes, there were good intentions behind the addition of a mercy rule. The rule — which, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, can be adopted by each state and is being implemented this season by more than 35 states — would reduce the risk of injury.
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For high school football coaches and fans, a new digital blitz
The New York Times
Teams have become part of a technology revolution that is transforming high school football nationwide and creating opportunities for companies that supply equipment and services. Many sources finance the sport, including school boards, parents and booster clubs. That all adds up.
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Minnesota high schools take action to curb violence
KARE-TV
At the high school level there are teachable moments that go beyond the game. The target that the Minnesota State High School League is now requiring all 25,000 coaches in the state to hit is the topic of sexual violence.
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Studies show female athletes at higher risk for ACL injuries
The Courier-News
Severe ACL injuries in high school athletics are on the rise, and a recent study shows that female athletes are more susceptible to this particular injury when compared to their male counterparts. Research indicates female athletes who participate in jumping and pivoting sports are between two and 10 times more likely to tear an ACL than male athletes in the same sports.
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Passionate parents can mean trouble for youth sports
The Wichita Eagle
Parents and youth sports games aren't always a good mix, say coaches, league officials and others in the Wichita, Kansas, area who have spent a lot of time trying to help kids learn about exercise, teamwork and the other positive values that sports can teach. The goal of youth participation in sports is to promote lifelong physical activity and healthy competition, officials said, but too often adults approach their kids’ games with their own goals, such as fame, money, Olympic medals and college scholarships.
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Boston passes safety rules for college athletes
Sports Illustrated
Boston will require the presence of a neurotrama consultant at every Division I football, ice hockey and men's lacrosse event in the city as part of an ordinance approved by the city council recently. Boston is thought to be the first city to approve legislation for NCAA athletes.
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FITNESS AND CONDITIONING


Getting the right balance between cardio and weight training
Stroud News & Journal
If you're after general conditioning, maintaining existing muscle mass and keeping body fat to a minimum, you're going to need to make a focus on balancing both cardio and weight training. The key is to make sure that one complements the other.
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Movement is medicine: Exercise and intelligence
Hanford Sentinel
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the benefits of regular exercise go far beyond what was thought of conventionally. There is one more effect which we are coming to understand more fully, and that is that exercise actually makes you smarter.
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