Physically Fit

Episode #5 – How Can I Help My Athlete Stay Injury-Free?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s Huddle: Today’s question: How can I help my athlete stay injury-free?   To help answer the question, I’m joined by Dr. Tommy John.  We discuss the rise in sports-related injuries in youth athletes and what we can do to help minimize injury.   Learn about Dr. Tommy John’s 4-part solution: Rethink, Replenish, Rebuild, Recover.   How does the training philosophy in the United States compare with other countries?   How can we make healthy living a lifelong pursuit for the entire family?   Links & References:   You can connect with Dr. Tommy John:  https://www.drtommyjohn.com/   Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent’s Survival Guide*   All about Dr. Tommy John: With Master Degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University, Dr. Tommy John has over 17 years of health experience.   At the completion of his studies, Dr. Tommy played professional baseball for…

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Episode #3 – What Are the Risks of Performance Enhancing Substances and Supplements?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Donald Hooten shares his family’s very personal story about his brother, Taylor, and why his family started the Taylor Hooten Foundation.   Need support in your area? The Taylor Hooten Foundation delivers 150-200 programs a year to help educate young people and their adult influencers about the truths of appearance and performance-enhancing substances.   Specific strategies for talking to kids of all ages about performance-enhancing substances.   How to know what to look for in dietary supplements.   Links & References: You can connect with the Taylor Hooten Foundation at https://www.taylorhooten.org and watch this video about Taylor’s story.   PLAY Stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth. It’s a community outreach program put on by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers (PBATS) in all cities across the U.S. and Canada with a Major League Baseball team. For the past 10 years, the…

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Physically Fit: How to Build Supple, Allusive and Intuitive Athletes

Take a look at the youth sports culture and you see athlete’s deciding to pursue one sport or discipline at a younger and younger age. Why?   Four words: The Age of Specialization.   The days of a multi-sport athlete are slowly fading, and the consequence of this new age athlete is a rigid ideal of sports and several factors appear to be the cause:   One, the allure of stardom presented by our nation’s professional sports organization.   Two, pressure from the community to “keep up with the Joneses”.   Three, coaches wanting to claim a special athlete for their sport only.   Four, club teams gaining all the collegiate recruiter’s attention.   Five, the fear of injury.   And yet this is the ideal time when these young athletes are supposed to embrace the culture of play, expression, and camaraderie. A very counter message to the one currently…

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The Value of Sports For Children with Special Needs

Close your eyes. Imagine a basketball game and the players are special needs children.   One of the great things about sports is everyone can participate. Our son, Ian, is a wonderful example of a special needs child benefiting from sports participation. In the fourth grade, Ian was diagnosed with mild Asperger’s Syndrome and anxiety. After trying several sports, he clicked with karate. Now, sixteen years-old, Ian is a brown belt.   Karate has been such a blessing in his life.   Sports help children with special needs in many ways. They develop self-esteem, experience a sense of belonging and their confidence increases. As a result they may be more open to trying new sports or activities. Ian discovered he was capable of learning the moves in karate. Unlike the other sports he tried, karate gave him the opportunity to learn at his own pace without competition while actively participating…

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