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Scholarship costs don't aways add up for hopeful parents
NBC News
There's a lot of pressure on students who do get athletic scholarships. Long practice hours, diminished fan attendance and life on a different schedule from most students can take their toll on young athletes — as can the physical intensity of the sport itself.
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Elite athletes run the risk of bad teeth
AFP via Discovery News
Top athletes are often dogged by decaying teeth and gum disease, a performance-sapping problem in which sports drinks, high-carb diets and training regimes may play a part, say sports specialists. The experts from Britain and North America reviewed 39 published studies into the oral health of elite or professional sportsmen and women. Decaying teeth affected 15-75 percent of the athletes, moderate to severe gum disease up to 15 percent and enamel erosion between 36 and 85 percent, they report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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How safe is the artificial turf children play on?
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Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to multi-million-dollar athletic complexes. As any parent or player who has been on them can testify, the tiny black rubber crumbs of which the fields are made — chunks of old tires — get everywhere. In players’ uniforms, in their hair, in their cleats.
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School districts watch severe weather closely
KXAS-TV
VideoBrief When you live in Texas, there are certain truths you learn to accept: high school football reigns supreme on Friday nights and Mother Nature can sack you at any given moment. That's why Arlington ISD stresses the importance of being prepared for days when bad weather and football might collide. District officials are also keeping a close eye on their phones.
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States move to protect high school athletes from concussions, heat stroke
The Washington Post
In some places, state, school and sports officials are recognizing that the zeal of coaches, players and parents must be subordinated to safety. Increasingly, they are adopting measures to protect student-athletes from serious, even catastrophic injuries or illnesses that can result from a blinkered focus on competitiveness.
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Survey: Parents deeply concerned about injuries in youth sports
Time
Youth sports are becoming increasingly competitive, and most parents believe children are suffering. According to a new national poll released by the espnW: Women + Sports Summit this weekend, two-thirds of parents think there is "too much emphasis on winning over having fun," and 87 percent of parents said they were worried about the risk of injury in sports.
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How far is too far for kids to run?
MSN
As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise and the general aerobic fitness of children and adolescents continues to fall, another trend has emerged: Many of the children that still play sports often do so in excess.
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Army offers football scholarship to honor, mourn high school player
Army Times
There is no such thing as a football scholarship to West Point — cadets don't pay tuition. There is no way to heal the pain of parents mourning the loss of a 16-year-old son. Somewhere between those absolutes rests the gifts given to the Long Island, New York, family of Tom Cutinella, who died Oct. 1 from injuries suffered during a high school football game, by the Army athletic department.
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Many parents need to educate themselves about concussions
American Academy of Pediatrics via HealthDay News
Parents' lack of knowledge about concussion may hinder youngsters' treatment and recovery, two new studies suggest. One study included a survey of 511 parents of children aged 5 to 18 who suffered a head injury. Only about half of the parents knew that a concussion was a brain injury that could cause symptoms such as headache or difficulty concentrating.
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Youths can reap the benefits of strength training
Athletic Business
The drawbacks are not to say that youths can't participate in weight training, and reap the physical and psychological benefits that come with it. However, there are widely accepted guidelines — no one-repetition-maximum lifting, no overhead lifting and no unsupervised lifting — that have been in place for 30 years and supported by the ongoing strength-training research.
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