New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

10-year-old soccer players. CC/Flick photo by reid.neureiter

Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.

Spike in underage drinking, overdoses and car accidents widespread during prom season

Promo Photo CC use

High school proms are fast approaching and it’s important to talk to your teens about where they’ll be after the dance is over. Knowing where they are, who they’re with and who’s supervising them are all important factors for keeping them safe on prom night.

Half of winter Olympians have exercise-induced asthma, other respiratory problems


This Friday marks the Opening Ceremonies for the 2014 XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. I was surprised to learn from a recent study that 50 percent of these winter Olympians suffer from exercise-induced asthma and respiratory problems due to vigorous exercise in extreme temperatures.

Are the latest virtual reality return-to-play performance measures the wave of the future?

Kobe Bryant's return to the game too soon may have lead to the injury in his other knee.

Typically, return-to-play decisions are clinical guesswork. But as we enter the year 2014, there are some new virtual reality-type performance tools that can more precisely indicate an athlete’s injury deficiency, as compared to his baseline measurement.

Recent rule change reduces contact injuries in youth ice hockey

Photo by Glendinning / CC Flickr

Though ice hockey isn’t as popular down here in Akron as it is to our north, it’s a great sport for youth to learn. Like football and basketball, it offers team-building skills and a great cardiovascular workout.

Bengals punter Huber suffered the mildest type of neck injury: Clay shoveler’s fracture


When people hear neck injury, they think it’s serious, for good reason. But this Kevin Huber of the Cincinnati Bengals suffered the mildest type, and in about 4 to 6 weeks, it will have healed on its own.