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5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

5 Fitness Tips Every Teen (and their Parent) Should Read

There’s a lot of good reasons for teens to engage in exercising regularly and stay fit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that students who are physically active tend to have better grades, that higher physical fitness levels are associated with improved cognitive performance, and that those who participate in physical activities have fewer disciplinary problems. Add to that the fact that they will be laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and creating great habits, and it’s a great deal all around. Yet many teens and their parents have questions about fitness that may be holding them back.

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Early Youth Specialization and Over Training – What Every Parent Should Know

Kids around the country are playing organized sports more than ever today. In fact, The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) reports that youth in the country participating in sports went from around 18 million in 1987 to 60 million in 2008. While that’s good news, because of the many benefits that can be gained from keeping them active, there is also a downside that health professionals are beginning to caution parents about – early specialization and overtraining, both of which can become problematic and become detrimental for young athletes.

How Coach Walls Helps Take Athletes to the Next Level

How Coach Walls Helps Take Athletes to the Next Level

Ask any young athlete what they want to be when they grow up, and there’s a good chance most of them will say they want to a professional basketball player, football player, or other pro sports player.  The reality, however, is that very few of them will make it. Only the best that stand out will have a chance of going to the next level. In fact, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), reports that of the 8 million students currently participating in high school athletics in the country, only around 480,000 of them will go on to compete at NCAA schools. For those who want to have an edge in making it further, they often need someone to show them the way.

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

How the Longest Day Helps Raise Money for Charity

Want to help raise money for charity and get a good workout in at the same time? Those who join in on the Longest Day Fundraiser will be doing just that, by lifting weights for a great cause. The 2nd annual event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., located at 3160 Spring St., E-F, Fairfax, Virginia.  The open gym event will last through all of the daylight hours on that day, where participants can take part in the free training being offered.

“Last year, we raised around $5,500 for charity and we had a great time doing it,” explains Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “We hope to raise even more this year and give people a great workout while we are at it.”

New Laws Ban Headphones for Bicyclists, What You Need to Know

New Laws Ban Headphones for Bicyclists, What You Need to Know

Bicycling is a sport that millions of people of all ages engage in across the country. Additionally, there are many people who run on a regular basis. What many of these people who cycle and run may not realize is that there are new laws on the horizon regarding whether or not they can wear headphones as they are engaging in these activities.

“People often go out and bicycle with headphones on or get into a marathon and wear headphones as they run,” explains Richard “Big Rich” Bracke, founder of BiGR Audio, a company that makes specialty headphones and innovative Bluetooth wrist speakers. “It’s important that people know the laws regarding this issue and that they take precautions.”

How to Prevent Sports Related Eye Injuries

How to Prevent Sports Related Eye Injuries

How to Prevent Sports Related Eye Injuries

During Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month

April is Sports Eye Safety awareness month.  Each year in the United States, more than 100,000 eye injuries are estimated to be sports related, according to the National Eye Institute. Eye injuries are a leading cause of blindness in children and most eye injuries among kids aged 11 to 14 occur while playing sports. Every 13 minutes, an emergency room in the United States treats a sports related eye injury. With statistics like these, raising awareness about how to prevent sports related injuries is crucial.