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…

Competing Well Begins With The Way You Think

Competing Well Begins With The Way You Think How well athletes perform has much to do with how well they prepare beforehand, both physically and mentally. While it’s easier to stress the physical aspects of preparation (like dynamic stretching, warming up, and staying hydrated) coaches should not underestimate the impact that good mental preparation can…

Pre-Game Hydration For Youth Athletes FAQ

Pre-Game Hydration For Youth Athletes FAQ Pre-exercise hydration can be a confusing topic for youth sports parents and coaches. Most people know that it is important, but the specifics of ‘why’ are murky.  “How much water should my athletes be drinking before practices and games?”, “When should they start and stop drinking fluids before competing?”,…