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Training After a Growth Spurt

As we watch our kids grow up, we see varying stages of their development that excite us. We see them get taller, their feet and hands grow, and they get stronger. With this development, we as parents expect more from our kids. What we tend to forget is that as they physically grow, it takes time for the rest of their bodies to catch up.  With the recent months of reduced activity and more sleep, many parents have seen their kids go through major growth spurts.  So what are we as parents, coaches, and athletic trainers to do?

Choosing a Protein Powder

Thinking of supplementing your diet with a protein powder?  Here are some tips on how to choose the right one for your goals from Precision Nutrition.

Exercise of the Month

Exercise of the Month- Single leg straight leg deadlift variation

Back to Basics

As athletes return to training for their sports, one of the key factors that will help them succeed is starting with the basics.  For most people, activity levels for the past few months have been relatively lower and less sport-specific, which can lead to deconditioning.  For youth athletes, it is possible that they went through a growth spurt, and so need some time to adjust and build back their comfort level with skills they had already mastered.

Dynamic vs Static Stretching

Which way of stretching is better? Dynamic or static stretching?

 

The Difference between Soreness and Injury

As activities and athletics are starting back up again, aches and pains will return, as well.  The important distinction to make is, am I sore or injured? Here are some general tips on knowing the difference.  Please consult a health professional if you have any doubts.

Limiting Injuries When Returning to Organized Sports

After spending time away from organized activities, there will be an understood eagerness to quickly return to previous levels of practice and competition. That being said, young athletes and performers are best protected by 

What Should I Eat? That Depends….

Dieting is hard.  Specific rules of what to do and what not to do all the time.  Heck, who wants to do all the math of calorie counting at each meal.  How about we just start to create small habits that lead to better fitness and health?

Sport Specialization: More is not Always Better

There has been a relatively recent trend of youth athletes specializing in a single sport, and a lot of discussion around the potential benefits/risks associated with this trend.  Many parents buy into the idea that if 

SKITTLES GOT IT RIGHT WHEN MARKETING “TASTE THE RAINBOW!”

The vibrant colors of fruits & veggies aren’t only nice to look at. They also tell us which special disease-fighting phytonutrients are inside. Most people don’t get enough phytonutrients.  Learn what the phytonutrients do. And how much of each you need to fight disease and stay stronger for longer. These “color deficiencies” increase our risk 

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