Developing fundamentals and learning proper mechanics dramatically reduces the chances for injury, according to a pair of medical experts who work with NFL and college football players.
These are critical ingredients for a better, safer sports experience and too often overlooked in current news stories that discuss football injuries, including concussion, said Dr. Patrick Kersey of Indianapolis-based St. Vincent Sports Medicine and Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz of the University of North Carolina Concussion Research Center.
Parents need to see the big picture. Remember that youth sports is not the end in itself. In fact, sports in general is not the end in itself.
Sports are fun and provide opportunities for the future, but nothing is more important than who you and your child become in the process.
Here are nine rules for positive sports parenting.
As warm weather approaches, football players and coaches are starting to pull out the helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and lesson plans for spring workouts.
One key to a good football practice is proper hydration.
Throughout training – including before, during and after – players and coaches both must focus on maintaining adequate hydration levels. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying well-hydrated benefits onfield performance while reducing the risk of heat stress or illness.