Four Signs that Kids Sports Are Actually Hurting Them

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When I was growing up playing sports, nobody ever got hurt, at least not seriously. I don’t remember a single teammate ever complaining of knee pain, shin pain, heel pain or hip pain. Today nearly all young athletes eventually experience … Continue reading

It’s Amazing What Sport Shows Us and What it Shows Others About Us

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I didn’t know Don Paup was a world champion. Yes, he was tall and athletic but his posture was welcoming and his presence, unassuming. Most days he sat behind a desk piled high with papers and journals or staffed the … Continue reading

Let’s Stop Concussions but Keep the Game Alive

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Fit2Finish note: This is a guest post from Dr. Neilank Jha, neurosurgeon and the head of Konkussion Inc – a concussion treatment program with clinics in many locations in Canada. If you are concerned about concussions in youth sports, also read “Solving the Concussion … Continue reading

Give the Gift Kids Will ‘Die’ For (adult supervision discouraged)

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The force is strong in these two! The force of fun, that is. You want to know their secret? NO adults told them to do it. I took this very same die (in gender-neutral lime green) into the fourth grade … Continue reading

Why Fit2Finish? Because it Starts and Ends with Healthy Kids

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I often get asked, “How did you get started with Fit2Finish?” It’s a pretty good story… It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and I was watching my oldest daughter play a mid-season soccer game. The two teams were evenly matched … Continue reading

In Today’s World, Sport is No Longer Optional, It’s Essential

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In the wake of the daily headlines, do sports and recreation even matter anymore? What does it matter that I teach kids to dribble, pass, and shoot? What does it matter that they learn to play the positions? What does … Continue reading

The Joy of Movement: Have You Ever Watched a Child Dance?

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Early athletic success may have been the worst thing that ever happened to me. Things came easy. Classwork came easy. Grades? No problem. Even playground games were a delight because I could hit, catch and kick with minimum effort and much … Continue reading

Fairy-Tail Finish for Kimble: Dreams (seasoned with hard work) Do Come True

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How would you like to be this girl? Meet Caroline Kimble, holding midfielder for the Louisville Cardinals women’s soccer team. She just scored the biggest goal of her life, and the biggest in Louisville program history. An unforgettable finish, as … Continue reading

Paid Coaches: The Hidden Cost We Can’t Admit

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Many, perhaps most, would say we have lost our grip on youth sports in this country. Parents are out of control, kids aren’t achieving, coaches are misbehaving and the whole system isn’t producing the kinds of players we hope to … Continue reading