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LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT FOLLOWS SEVEN STAGES

November 21, 2018

THIS IS AN EXCERPT FROM LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT BY ISTVAN BALYI,RICHARD WAY & COLIN HIGGS. To implement the LTAD model, people must fully understand the seven stages. Administrators, coaches, and parents should also remember that moving from one stage to another is based on the athlete’s development and not just chronological age; however, chronological age can be…

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Early and Late Bloomers in Youth Sports: Lessons for Parents

November 21, 2018

Some children are early bloomers who enjoy success in sports because they develop faster, not because they have more raw athletic talent.  Some children – even if they appear to only be average athletes or lag behind his peers – may be late bloomers whose athletic talent will only become apparent later when they are…

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Science Shows That Dominating Fourth-Grade Sports Doesn’t Mean A Future Pro Career

November 21, 2018

Bob CookContributor Sports & LeisureI write about youth sports under the title: Your Kid’s Not Going Pro. In the United States — well, in most countries, really — the sports system is dedicated to finding talented athletes at the earliest ages possible, and focusing on them as the pool of future professional standouts. That mindset…

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First ever girls track & field WCAC Championship title at SJC!

November 21, 2018

Coach Dunham – SJC Track & Field‏ @SjcTrack May 20 Yesterday our girls made history! Our first ever girls track & field WCAC Championship title at SJC!

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U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches of the Year

November 21, 2018

USTFCCCA Awards By Tyler Mayforth, USTFCCCA July 9, 2018 2018 USTFCCCA High School T&F Coaches of the Year (State-By-State Winners) NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the state-by-state winners of its fifth annual High School Coach of the Year award for track & field on Monday. One boys…

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Coach D Receives National Recognition

March 14, 2018

Earlier this winter, the National Federation of State High School Associations recently named Kids Elite founder, Desmond Dunham, as the DC Coach of the Year for Boys Outdoor Track & Field for the 2016-2017 school year. Coach Dunham was selected as the 2016-2017 Mideast Sectional Coach of the Year for Girls’ Outdoor Track & Field,…

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Sport specialization increases injury risk for high school athletes, study finds | Sport specialization increases injury risk

January 27, 2017

By Jacob Bogage January 25 at 3:13 PM McKinley Tech sprinter Denzell Brown, second from right, was hampered by stress-related injuries during the spring season. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) High school athletes who specialize in a single sport are 70 percent more likely to suffer an injury during their playing season than those who play…

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Five Ways Parents Can Build Mental Toughness | Parents Build Mental Toughness Athletes

February 16, 2016

Like it or not, sports come with pressure. There will come a time when your young athlete gets the ball with the clock winding down or steps up with the bases loaded. When that happens, mental toughness often determines whether or not they’ll succeed. Even though you can’t be on the field or the court…

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What Single-Sport Specialization Really Means and Why You Should Care | sport specialization risks harm

February 16, 2016

There’s lots of talk lately about the problems that can result from kids specializing in one sport or one physical activity too early. These can include burnout, overuse injuries, mental and emotional fatigue, dropout from activity, and more. And there’s really no question—we know that specializing too early is a bad idea. Soccer PlayersBut what…

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Preventing Overuse Injuries | preventing overuse injuries

January 14, 2016

Over the past 20 years more children are partici­pating in organized and recreational athletics. With so many young athletes playing sports, it’s no wonder injuries are common. Half of all sports medicine injuries in children and teens are from overuse. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about overuse injuries and injury…

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