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Even Youth Athletes May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise- Encourage Them to Move

Even Youth Athletes May Not Be Getting Enough Exercise- Encourage Them to Move

You think all those dedicated and driven athletes are getting more than enough exercise, right? While most children are involved in organized sports, three out of four children ages 5-15 are getting less than the recommended one hour of physical activity daily.  That means most children and teens are at risk for poor physical and mental health related to their inactive lifestyles.  Obese children are even less active than normal-weight children. There are 12.5 million obese children in the United States –17% of children ages 2-19. The inactivity may actually be a consequence of the obesity, not the other way around. ... [MORE]

Sports Instruction
The Purpose of Youth Sports: It’s All About Perspective

The Purpose of Youth Sports: It’s All About Perspective

The purpose of youth sports should be as much about learning sustainable life lessons as it is about winning games. Back in the day, life lessons for kids were developed through neighborhood pickup games, and now these fun, playful healthy games are being replaced by highly organized result oriented leagues. Overly-high expectations of very young kids are becoming the norm. Because of specialization and professionalism, burnouts and over-use injuries are on the rise and kids are dropping out of organized sports in record numbers.  Seventy percent of kids are quitting by age 13. ... [MORE]

Sports Instruction
Sports Psychology: Improving Mental Toughness in Young Athletes

Sports Psychology: Improving Mental Toughness in Young Athletes

Parents and coaches who are knowledgeable about "mental game" challenges and strategies are better equipped to instill confidence in their young athletes. Here are a few important tips to be aware of. ... [MORE]

Sports Instruction
The Importance of Multi- Sports and Not Sport Specialization at a Young Age

The Importance of Multi- Sports and Not Sport Specialization at a Young Age

At Kids In Sports, we focus on the importance of learning multi sports at a young age and the benefits of doing so. Specific sports can wear children down if they start too early. The problem that arises out of children specializing at such an early age is that they do not have the social skills nor the cognitive skills to understand the complex roles they must partake in to be successful in a serious sport. It’s important for kids not to specialize or play one sport year round and that, parents and coaches must be cognizant of the fact that kids’ bodies are not meant to be trained in the same manner as adults. ... [MORE]