Football is a sport that draws from a wide variety of skills, including flexibility, strength, agility and speed.
For young players, these traits can be developed through different activities – both organized and recreational.
With increased specialization beginning earlier than ever, parents often face a difficult choice when helping young athletes reach their peak performance: Focus all their energy on one sport or let their kids try different things?
For Brad Hatfield, chairman of the kinesiology department at the University of Maryland, the approach is simple.
There is more concern today about player safety than ever before at all levels of football. Along with the NFL, colleges, high schools and youth organizations are attempting to change the culture of the game including reducing the glorification of violence.
As more is understood about concussion and its effects, it is important to learn how to recognize symptoms and respond correctly.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a new resource for parents, coaches and school and sport professionals – titled Get a Heads Up on Concussion in Sports Policies (download PDF below) – designed to help safely return concussed student-athletes to the classroom and playing field.