Debunking 5 Myths About Training Load, Injury, and Athletic Performance

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When and How to Implement Resistance Training in Youth

Athlete or not, embarking on a resistance training program is not something that should just happen with a snap of the fingers. The integration of resistance training, in order to optimize youth physical development, requires thought. In this article, I review the research on how and when to integrate resistance training into the lives of children, as well as debunk the myth that resistance training destroys growth plates and stunts growth.

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Short Sleep Duration is Associated with Inadequate Hydration: Cross-cultural Evidence from US and Chinese Adults

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Changes in Kidney Function Do Not Differ between Healthy Adults Consuming Higher- Compared with Lower- or Normal-Protein Diets: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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Early ACL Reconstruction is Required to Prevent Additional Knee Injury: A Misconception Not Supported by High-quality Evidence

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The Keys to Successful Weight Loss Maintenance

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Got a Minute? This Video Explains How Caffeine Works in One Minute

Early Sport Specialization Part 6: How Organized Youth Sport Affects Family Dynamics

The importance of physical activity in youth cannot be overstated. The myriad of health benefits that come along with physical activity, both mental and physical, are well-documented [1-10]. These benefits include improved self-efficacy, life satisfaction, cardiovascular fitness, bone health and strength, body composition, and improved cognitive and mental health [1-10].

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The Effects of Caffeine on Resistance Exercise Performance: A Review

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Resistance Training Reduces Depressive Symptoms, Meta-Analysis Suggests

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Early Sport Specialization Part 5: Sport Volume Recommendations for Youth Athletes

The combination of sport specialization and high-volume training has been associated with a high rate of overuse injuries in youth athletes. Because of this, multiple medical and professional organizations have recently released position statements warning against specialization and have given recommendations for safe sport participation in youth [1-5].

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7 Coaching Tips to Improve Coach-Athlete Relationships

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Carbohydrate Loading Strategies: Classical vs. Contemporary

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Early Sport Specialization Part 4: 5 Strategies to Prevent Athlete Burnout

Athlete burnout from sport is becoming more prevalent alongside the increasing trend of early sport specialization in youth athletes. In this article, I offer 5 simple strategies to prevent athlete burnout.

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5 Chronic Dietary Strategies Used for Training Adaptation and Event Preparation by Endurance Athletes

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Injury Risk in NBA Players: Playing multiple high school sports associated with increased career longevity compared with single sport high school athletes

Early Sport Specialization Part 3: Injury Risk and Burnout

The importance of physical and psychosocial health in youth cannot be overstated. This article reviews how early sport specialization impacts these factors in youth athletes.

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Seven Postulates About Youth Sport Activities that Lead to Continued Participation and Elite Performance

6 Postulates about Youth Sport Activities that Lead to Continued Participation and Elite Performance

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Off-Ice Contributors to On-Ice Success: An In-Depth Review of the Research

What does a game look like for the typical NHL positional player? It’s pretty easy to figure out… just do some simple math on the stats from the NHL website. The typical position player will have 20-35 shifts/game, each lasting 60-90 seconds in duration. This appears simple, on the surface, but let’s take a deeper look.

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Type 1 Muscle Fiber Hypertrophy after Blood Flow–Restricted Training in Elite Powerlifters

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In this study of 243 high-caliber Danish athletes, elite athletes acquired significantly less sport-specific practice hours before the age of 18 and specialize later in adolescence, compared with their near-elite counterparts.

Early Sport Specialization Part 2: Short-Term vs. Long-Term Athletic Success

Single sport specialization can be defined as intensive, year-round training in one sport to the exclusion of others [1]. Many young athletes, parents, and coaches believe that early single-sport specialization is necessary for long-term athletic success [2-6]. But, does the research agree with this notion?

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