On Being An Accountable Parent

The Importance of Accountable Sports Parents Youth sports parents play many different roles: former (or current) athlete, coach, fan, motivator, role model, critic, and maybe most importantly, influencer. Studies have shown that family members may influence an athlete’s involvement and achievement in sport even more than coaches. Parents also are the first and most critical…

A Recovery Routine’s Importance

Why Recovery Routines Are Just As Important As Pre-Game Ones Once exercise ends, an athlete’s job isn’t finished just yet: preparing for the next game or practice begins with first properly recovering from the last one. Following good recovery techniques after exercising is vital to keeping an athlete feeling good and injury free. While taking…

Recovering From Tough Losses

How To Help Athletes Recover From Tough Losses By Emilee Bounds and Timothy Baghurst Health and Human Performance, Oklahoma State University With sport comes triumphant wins, easy blowouts, close games, and unfortunately, tough losses. And in the moment to a young athlete, those losses are just that: tough. But they also can serve as some…

How Athletes Can Improve Their Sleep

6 Ways Youth Athletes Can Improve Their Sleep Having the best training regimen or nutritional plan in the world doesn’t mean a thing if an athlete is getting poor sleep. A lack of sleep can have a number of consequences in young athletes. For starters, being tired can delay their reaction time and increase their…