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When athletes become injured during games, the first responders are typically athletic trainers.

Although athletic trainers cannot formally diagnose injuries, they can administer first response, and educate athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation and proper nutrition.

12/29/2012 - 15:56
Rachel Trunk
You want your young athlete to be safe out on the field or court. What parent doesn’t?

While you can’t prevent every injury, you can reduce your child’s risk by helping him or her increase muscle strength and flexibility through a proper strength training program.

10/19/2012 - 11:05
PSR Staff
Should Children Specialize in Specific Sports?

It’s a Saturday in early March and Ali is rushing from playing in goal at an ice hockey tournament to make it to softball practice on time.

10/19/2012 - 10:57
Linda Muehlbronner
Sometimes it can be difficult to walk that fine line of being a parent and a coach at the same time... while still offering the best of both to your children as well as the entire team. KidSports offers some tips.


10/19/2012 - 10:40
Tony DeFazio
Two sports drive the calendar for young Michaela Staats of Upper St. Clair. She plays either basketball or soccer. She's a team player as an aggressive point guard in basketball and a hustling forward in soccer.

Competitive and talented, she has opted for team-oriented sports as opposed to more individual sports such as golf, swimming or tennis.

07/11/2012 - 10:28
Steve Sampsell
As she weighed her fall-sports options, Brianna Battista thought her biggest challenge was choosing between basketball and soccer, which run concurrent seasons where she lives in Pennsylvania.

Instead, Battista, an active, happy and healthy 14-year-old, really needed to worry about something else—simply...

06/20/2012 - 11:40
Steve Sampsell
"Sure, winning isn't everything. It's the only thing." - Football coach Red Sanders, in Sports Illustrated, Dec. 26, 1955, often attributed to Vince Lombardi

It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. - American sports writer Grantland Rice

11/29/2011 - 09:31
Tony DeFazio
“Roughhousing” has been making moms nervous for centuries, probably. And while you've obviously got to be careful when goofing around physically with your kids—just as they do with their siblings or their friends—there may actually be some benefits to horseplay.

In the book, The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It, authors Anthony T.

11/29/2011 - 09:13
Tony DeFazio
If your child is struggling in sports, what should you do? Should you talk to your child’s coach? Take extra time to practice with him or her? Or just plain let them quit? Every situation differs, of course, but in general it is best to let your child have his or her own chance to make decisions about sports.

It is very important for parents to be supportive when it comes to their child’s sporting endeavors; however, becoming overbearing can make the sport no longer seem fun for the child.

10/17/2011 - 22:22
Samantha Rakers
Most kids are naturally competitive, especially against the people they know best. It can often be a positive attribute for a youngster striving to become better at a particular aspect of life, be it school or sports.

I can remember a time when I was seven-years-old and I was playing football with my friends.

08/20/2011 - 13:29
Ken Boysen