Simple sideline test can check athletes (and soldiers) for concussion

Rock on, female researchers!Kristin Bing, Amy Sharma and Teresa Selee created a new test using RADAR that can diagnose a concussion using a very simple test of multitasking.To screen someone, say, on the sideline of a high school football game, one would just: 1. Ask the athlete to walk a short distance while saying the months of the year in reverse order. (e.g. cognitive skill damage)2. Use the RADAR system to show if the person's gait pattern was different than that of a healthy athlete. (e.g. motor skill damage)...more

Adventures in Backpacking | Choosing Gear

Before you go out and put that pack on and walk into the wilderness you might want to think about getting some gear. Thankfully technology has improved backpacking gear in the last 30 years, particularly in the past 10 years. These days light wear gear is even more affordable and with the internet, deals abound!   Backpack ...more

That Competitive Spirit

   Trust me when I say I'm about as competitive as they come. I would probably race you to the door just so I could be the first one there. But there is a time and a place for competition, and I've learned how to suppress my competitiveness---to an extent. I admit that I'm super excitable with my son's sports. But in my defense, who doesn't like winning!?!...more

Perseverance is a Beautiful Quality

Perseverance Defined as steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement. My first encounter with organized scholastic sports came as I entered my sophomore year in high school. Trying out for the junior varsity basketball team taught me a life lesson.  I learned at that young impressionable age that the emerging athlete inside me would have struggles, both physically and mentally....more

For your kind words!

It has taken years for me to embrace as well, but it seems I had a good ...more

(STUDY) Findings on Sport Moms and Sport Daughters

So it didn't surprise us that moms were much more likely to be with kids when they visited the doctor for a youth sports injuries. What did surprise us is how many dads were present as well. Out of 989 office visits, dads were at the appointment 44.7% of the time. However, dads are significantly more likely to be at an appointment if it is their son who is injured, irrespective even of a child's age. ...more

What's worth noting as well that a mom was at the office visit for the sports injury (regardless ...more

Baseball Is a Game of Passion

Baseball is an emotional game. I learned that from my grandfather, a Cardinals fan. I like minor league ball. The best game I ever watched was a Triple A league. The players weren’t as polished as the big leaguers, but they had heart. Forget the plush corporate skyboxes and fancy scoreboards. I want baseball with emotion....more

And see some of that real baseball! ;p
I'm a Giants fan and your guys impressed me!

A ...more

I'm Okay with Being a Soccer Mom

Last year, we realized that if our ten-year-old was going to continue to play soccer, he would need the more focused, professional coaching that comes at the competitive club level as opposed to recreation leagues with parent coaches. In club leagues, you typically pay for a professional coach who teaches more than just the basic rules of the game and good sportsmanship - they teach individual skills, athletic conditioning, game strategy and team development. It’s a big commitment, both in money and time. ...more

I have three boys but only one who is old enough to play sports competitively at this point. The ...more

Take me out to the ballgame..

Does anyone know what today is? Here is a hint: ...more

At the barn...

My son is a true delight and someone I get to share my absolute adoration of horses with. Thankfully he is pretty into it and has a blast at the barn and always announces to me that the barn is "fun". Riding for me is my peace time, doing dressage is hard work, quite physically demanding on both horse and rider, well very demanding on the horse! Riding this way, has taught me great patience, to chose your arguments carefully and to just let somethings go for the short term and address them later....not everything needs to be dealt with right now....more

Ralph Nader Wants To Put An End To Athletic Scholarships

Ralph Nader wants to put an end to those pesky college athletic scholarships. Why? Nader says he wants to "de-professionalize" college athletics. *sigh* ...more
Agreed, Athletic Scholarships are a way out for many kids who are at a disadvantage. The bigger ...more