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Injuries can put teen athletes on path to addiction

Dec 06, 2016

Teen athletes tell how injuries put them on the path to addiction.



From Athletics to Academics: How to Use the Olympic Games to Boost Your Kid’s Vocabulary

Aug 01, 2016

Parents: you may even be unfamiliar with some of these words!



Texas High School's $62M Football Stadium Raises Eyebrows

May 11, 2016

Controversy is brewing in Texas over the sky-high cost of high school football stadiums that has some critics saying the money would be better spent on education.



Road to Rio: Team USA Athletes Salute Their Moms

Apr 27, 2016

Three Olympic athletes thank their moms for the time and work they've put into getting them to this point in their careers.



Meet the 6-Year-Old Basketball Phenom Taking the Internet by Storm

Mar 14, 2016

Jaliyah Manuel has been raising eyebrows with her very grown up basketball skills, and her videos have captivated people the world over — garnering over 60 million views.



No More Heading: US Soccer Out with New Guidelines for Youth Soccer

Nov 10, 2015

The days of kids 10 years old or younger heading the ball in a soccer game or practice are over. The U.S. Soccer Federation has issued new guidelines either banning or limiting players heading the ball depending on their age.



Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.



Making High School Football Safe

Nov 09, 2015

Frank Cutinella, whose son died during a football game, explains that changing the fundamentals of how safety is looked at for high school football can cause a significant change.



At-Risk Teens Find 'A Lot of Pride' in SoulCycle's New Health and Fitness Program

Oct 29, 2015

SoulCycle has partnered with the nonprofit Children's Aid Society to teach healthy lifestyle lessons to teens from New York's outer boroughs, where healthy living isn't always discussed in schools or the community.



High School Football Makes Triumphant Return to Alexander, North Dakota

Oct 11, 2015

After 27 years of not having enough kids to form a team, high school football is now a source of pride for everyone in a revitalizing oil boom town.



Are High School Football's Friday Night Lights Fading?

Sep 30, 2015

The death of a star high school quarterback has put the sport's violence back in the spotlight, while parents and schools cancel games or disband teams altogether.



Short Bursts of Exercise May Help Kids Stay Healthy

Sep 01, 2015

Researchers found that children who only had short bursts of activity were shown to have lower levels of blood sugar and insulin.



Steelers Linebacker James Harrison Won't Let His Kids Have Participation Trophies

Aug 17, 2015

These days trophies, ribbons and other accolades aren't just for winners. Simply showing up can be enough to earn an honor — for some kids. But that trend doesn't extend James Harrison's household.



Study: Teens Who Exercise Reduce Risk of Diabetes As Adults

Aug 06, 2015

A British study of 300 children found that the greatest reduction of diabetes risk came when kids were active during early adolescence, at around age 13. Experts say it underscores the importance of exercise, especially among young teens.



Study: Youth Sports Can Make You A Winner Later In Life

Jul 01, 2015

A study in Canada of almost 3,000 young children found that those who played a structured sport in kindergarten were better at staying focused and following directions by the time they were in fourth grade.



Heroes and Softball… We Can’t Think of a Better Afternoon

Jun 01, 2015

Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball Team kids camp member Jen Castro says she’s learned ‘to have courage’ through coaches Dan Lasko and Matias Ferreira who are veteran amputees of America. The WWAST Kids Camp 2015 is held June 8 – 13 in Mission Viejo, California.



Girl Football Players in a 'League of Their Own'

May 31, 2015

The league is the country's first known tackle football league for fifth- and sixth-grade girls.



Study: Impact of Concussions on School Work Revealed

May 11, 2015

Researchers followed about 350 children from kindergarten to twelfth grade who suffered a concussion and found that 88 percent of symptomatic students had problems in school because of headaches, fatigue and concentration issues.



Parents of Benched Daughter Sue Volleyball League

Apr 02, 2015

When a volleyball league refused to let a student athlete transfer teams because she was sidelined, her parents took their case to a different court – and sued.



Kids and Sports: Helping Kids Deal with Injuries

Mar 17, 2015

Dr. Answorth Allen, an orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Marci Goolsby from the Hospital for Special Surgery, discuss the increasing number of kids suffering from sports-related injuries and how to help prevent them.



The Pros and Cons of Kids Getting Involved with Sports

Mar 17, 2015

Greg Jennings, former NFL wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings, and Dr. Robyn Silverman discuss the pros and cons of kids getting involved with sports. Jennings says that, given the physical toll the sport has had on him, he hopes his son doesn’t play football.



Is It OK To Recruit 10-Year-Olds for College Sports?

Feb 27, 2015

After LeBron James expressed concern about the college basketball recruiters who are already wooing his 10-year-old son, debate has opened up over how young is too young to recruit kids.



How Young is Too Young for Colleges to Recruit Future Athletes?

Feb 26, 2015

Schools have been in hot pursuit of LeBron James Jr. and have even offered scholarships. There’s just one problem: He’s only 10 years old. And his dad says pursuing a kid that young should be a violation.



Basketball Teams Banned for Both Trying to Throw Same Game

Feb 24, 2015

Two Tennessee high school girls basketball teams reached a new low last weekend by trying to lose the same game, officials said.



The Poster All Overcompetitive Parents Should See

Feb 06, 2015

A hilarious poster at a Kentucky gym reminds parents that “this is a game” and “your child does not play in the NBA.”



Study Links Youth Football to Brain Problems

Jan 30, 2015

A new report linking youth football to brain problems is the subject of a new NBC/WSJ poll, which asked parents if they would encourage their children to choose another sport.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Football Fun: How to Turn the Super Bowl into a Learning Experience

Jan 26, 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the nation’s top two football teams battle it out on the gridiron in pursuit of the shiny Super Bowl trophy. And while this Sunday may be all about lounging and snacking for many families, there is a way you can help your child find out more about the game by taking inspiration from the field and turning it into a fun educational experience.



Fifth-Grade Girls Basketball Team Holds Its Own in All-Boys League

Jan 20, 2015

When the fifth-grade basketball squad known as the Central Illinois Xpress racks up another win as the only girls team in its all-boys league, tears are often shed.



Blow to Chest May Trigger Irregular Heartbeat

Dec 08, 2014

A 16-year-old boy developed an irregular heartbeat after a hit to the chest during football practice. It lasted several days before returning to normal. Doctors hope the scare can help other athletes.



Young Athletes Ignoring Injuries, Concussions, says Study

Nov 08, 2014

Youth and teen athletes are ignoring concussions and sports injuries, feeling pressure to play through pain, according to a new study by research group Safe Kids Worldwide.



13-Year-Old Basketball Star Recruited by College

Nov 03, 2014

A highly coveted Texas girl is making headlines for her decision to commit to a college. She’s accepted an offer to play for the University of Texas.



Bullying in High School Football Locker Rooms Worse Than Many May Think

Oct 25, 2014

Locker-room bullying generated a lot of headlines in the NFL last year, but until recently, the subject has been largely off the public radar’s at the high-school level.



Football Hazing Scandal Grows

Oct 13, 2014

Richard Labbe, superintendent of the Sayreville school district, and Kevin E. Ciak, school board president, talk to TODAY about the criminal charges filed against seven high school football players over alleged hazing.



High School Cancels Football Season Over Hazing

Oct 07, 2014

A New Jersey high school called off the rest of its football season in the wake of widespread allegations of hazing of freshmen by senior team members.



Exercise Shown to Improve Kids’ Brain Function

Sep 29, 2014

Researchers at the University of Illinois found that children they studied who exercised regularly were more fit, had better attention skills and scored twice as high on intellectual tasks as a non-exercise group.



Parenting: When To Push, When Not To & How To Tell the Difference

Aug 18, 2014

It’s a battle many parents face; when to push and when not to. How do you know when your child is really ready to quit? How do you know when you should make him go to practice or let him sit this season out?



Should Teen Athletes be Tested for Heart Defects?

Jun 25, 2014

Dr. Alanna Levine, a spokesperson for the Academy of Pediatrics, joins TODAY to weigh in on whether high school athletes should get EKGs, which can pick up signs of heart problems.



Injuries and Early Burnout in Youth Sports

May 27, 2014

With the nature of sports becoming increasingly competitive, children are now experiencing higher pressure, more intensive training and an earlier focus on solely one sport.



Parents Spending Big on Kids' Traveling Sports Teams

Jan 15, 2014

It's estimated that 21 million kids between the ages of 5 and 18 are involved in non-school-related sports leagues.



Good Praise, Bad Praise

Jan 06, 2014

Parents often fall into pitfalls when praising their children for their performance. Check out this post from Dr. Judy Willis about some best practices for offering sincere praise.



Should Young Athletes Get 'Participation Trophies'?

Nov 06, 2013

Self-esteem boosters or motivation killers? Parent and coaches debate value of giving kids trophies for just showing up.



Parents Spend Big Bucks with Hopes of Raising Future Stars

Oct 27, 2013

Family invests in child’s future as a star athlete, despite the odds of actually making it to the pros.



Allyson Felix Talks 'Active' Schools Campaign, Keeping Sports Clean

Oct 08, 2013

This week, Allyson Felix showed her commitment to education and fitness as a participant in NBC’s fourth annual ‘Education Nation‘ Summit in New York City.



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