youth sports

AAP highlights overtraining and burnout in youth sports

Children and teens reap many physical and mental health benefits from participating in youth sports, but research shows about 70 percent of them drop out of these organized activities by age 13. The American Academy... more »

Study: Team sports aids in improved child cognition

According to a recent European study, children who participate in team sports at a young age are more likely to have higher intelligence. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland studied more than 500 children... more »

Study Links Decreased Chance of Depression in Youth Athletes

One way to avoid depression in teenage adolescents is to spend time competing in athletics or exercising. According to a recent study involving more than 2,400 kids and analyzing 21 previously published studies, supervised exercise... more »

Get The Facts on Youth Sports Injuries

In the U.S., about 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, and more than 3.5 million injuries each year, which cause some loss of time of participation, are experienced by... more »

Study: Team Sports Support Athletes’ Mental Health

Studies show that there are many proven mental health benefits of team sports. Playing team sports can improve a person’s mental health, especially at the youth level when tweens and kids are most vulnerable. A recent... more »

7 Stages of Long-Term Athletic Development

The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model describes what children, youth, and adults need to be doing at the right time to develop in sport or activity. According to Istvan Balyi, Richard Way, and Colin Higgs,... more »

AOSSM & NCYS Partner to Prevent Youth Sports Injuries

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) today announced a major partnership to prevent youth sports injuries. Through the partnership, AOSSM has made a generous financial... more »

Study: No Ties Between Youth Football & Brain Issues

New research suggests that head trauma and concussions aren't linked to problems with memory, attention, processing speed, or behavior in 9- to 12-year-olds who play youth football for a few seasons. "It is reassuring that we... more »

Study: Sports Can Help Boys with Behavioral Issues

Organized youth sports can be a great outlet for young boys who may have behavioral problems, according to a new study of Irish kids. The study, published in The Journal of Pediatrics, suggests that one-year-old... more »

NATA to Hold 3-Day Series to Help Return to Sports

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA), in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), recently announced a three-day virtual series to address growing concerns and... more »

Sports Medicine Professional’s Advice on Youth Sports Returning

As a sports medicine physician and a mother of two young boys, Korin B. Hudson sees both sides of the argument to have youth sports return to action amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On the one... more »

Building a Foundation: Strength training for youth athletes

Here are things that sport coaches dealing with younger populations can address early in an athlete’s development to build a foundation in the weight room… more »

Study: Genetics, family dynamics play role in athletic achievement

The NATA study found that parents and siblings of Division I student-athletes were more likely to be high-achieving athletes… more »

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