The Dos Of Coaching Youth Athletes

The Dos Of Coaching Youth Athletes By Roberta Kraus, Ph.D., President of the Center for Sports Psychology Remember when sports were just plain backyard, unorganized fun? You played all day. There was a place for everyone on a team, and it really didn’t matter if you were good. But these days many kids are juggling…

5 Reasons Kids’ Brains Need Sports

5 Reasons Kids’ Brains Need Sports By Dimity McDowell As your child learns to hit a backhand, throw a curve ball, or shoot a free throw, the muscle they are strengthening the most may surprise you: the brain. Physical movement affects the brain by increasing cerebral capillary growth, blood flow, and the production of proteins (neurotrophins)…

Eating After A Game Or Practice

Eating After A Game Or Practice In the world of sports nutrition, there are a thousand different pieces of advice for what youth athletes should eat after a practice or competition. However, what’s prevalent among most of these opinions is that youth athletes (or those of any age) need to quickly eat carbohydrates in order…

Protein In A Youth Athlete’s Diet

Protein In A Youth Athlete’s Diet Many youth athletes believe protein is the main nutrient needed in their diets. While protein may not be the main nutrient, it does indeed play a crucial role in an athlete’s balanced nutrition, and it is an important building block for developing strength and peak performance. Vital for creating…

6 Keys To Youth Sports Goals

6 Keys To Youth Sports Goals Pierson is a 12-year-old hockey player who practices five to six days a week, travels to out-of-state tournaments, and captains his team. He also plays soccer. His goals? To have the best plus/minus ratio on his team, which means when he’s on the ice, his team scores more than they…

What To Pack In A Tournament Cooler

What To Pack In A Tournament Cooler For those involved in youth sport, every season usually includes at least one tournament. Whether it’s soccer, baseball, or any other sport, the weekend is spent watching games, resting in between them, and waiting to hear when your child will compete next. Having dedicated so many time and energy to…

How To Read A Nutrition Label

How To Read A Nutrition Label Most food products have a nutrition facts label. But what does this information mean, such as all of the numbers and ingredients? When viewing a nutrition facts label there are a few steps a consumer should take to help understand all of this information. Understanding A Nutrition Label All…