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California school board picks cork for athletic fields
The Press Democrat
The district board overseeing California's Analy and El Molino High Schools approved using a more expensive infill made of cork for planned synthetic fields at the schools, a victory for a group of parents who raised health concerns about turf made of recycled tires. With the vote, the schools may become the first in the nation to use cork as infill on fields where high school football is played, according to Jennie Bruneman, director of maintenance and operations for the West Sonoma Union High School District.
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Sports pressure really might help overturn controversial Indiana law
SB Nation
The effort to overturn Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, interpreted by many as a symbolic and judicial advocation of discrimination against the LGBT community, has been far-reaching. Among the biggest voices have been the sporting community's, particularly the NCAA's and the Big Ten's. The NCAA stated its concern, noting it would "closely examine" whether it would hold events in its headquarters state.
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Athlete wins world's first uphill swimming race
Daily Record and Sunday Mail
Glasgow, Scotland hosted one of the toughest and a world first sporting event that saw a 20-year-old take the winning trident. Mark Deans beat competitors from as far afield as Norway and France who braved the icy waters of Maryhill Locks in just over five minutes to the cheers of about 1,700 spectators. Though the course was just 420 meters long, it is the world's first uphill swimming race and the first on the U.K.'s inland waterways.
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Awareness, treatment of female concussions lagging
Stamford Advocate
Unless you or a loved one has suffered one, a concussion is something of a black hole. Diagnosis and treatments vary. For years, research focused on the male medical model. Even after generations of women flooded the sports playing fields and courts after Title IX — and suffered concussions in record numbers, according to research — concussion treatment for women lagged.
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How youth sports and activities are killing Sunday school
Forbes
Writes youth sports contributor Bob Cook: "I'm a Sunday school teacher, but I'm also a parent who has let his kids sleep in from church because they are worn out from a week's worth of school, homework, sports, activities and events. So I understand why youth sports is one of the many reasons what most people know as Sunday school — Christian instruction given to children before, during or after a church service — is on the wane."
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Social media an issue for athletes, coaches
The York Daily Record
It started as a joke. Years ago, Anthony Morgan used a Twitter name that he knew would make his friends laugh. And that's how it stayed. That decision, however, seemed a lot more important during the college recruiting process. Morgan eventually went to McDaniel College to play, but one of the first things his college basketball coach said to him had to do with Twitter: Change your user name, and do it now.
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Medical experts look beyond law to make youth sports safer
The Associated Press via Lexington Herald-Leader
To toughen safety standards in youth sports, medical experts are turning away from lawmakers and toward high school sports associations to implement policies and procedures to prevent deaths and serious injuries. The National Athletic Trainers' Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine completed two days of meetings and programs with representatives from all 50 state high school athletic associations Friday at the NFL offices in Manhattan. The goal was to have decision-makers return to their states and push high schools to put into place recommendations on how best to handle potentially catastrophic medical conditions such as heat stroke, sudden cardiac arrest and head and neck injuries.
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$16 million ball rolling for Alabama complex's athletic fields
AL.com
With a construction contract approved, it's go time for Alabama's Foley Sports Tourism Complex. In the coming weeks, heavy equipment is expected to begin reshaping the landscape on a portion of 89 acres near Juniper Street that in a year's time will be home to 15 state-of-the-art athletic fields and an adjacent 1,000-seat championship field.
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Dallas selected to host 2016 USAV Boys' Junior National Championships
Dallas Sports Commission
USA Volleyball announced that the Dallas Sports Commission and the City of Dallas will host the 2016 USA Volleyball Boys' Junior National Championships at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. The event is scheduled to take place June 29-July 6, 2016. The BJNC attracts 400-plus teams and 4,500-plus athletes.
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Fargo wins praise for NCAA hockey regional
Forum News Service via The Bismarck Tribune
The NCAA West Regional in Fargo, North Dakota's Scheels Arena went so well that, as long as the NCAA continues to steer hockey regionals away from home venues, it very well may end up there again. The stands were packed for the games — which isn't always the case at these regionals — creating a memorable event for the fans and the players. Just as critical, the operations behind the scenes were a major success, too.
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Teen volleyball player takes her dispute to another kind of court
The Washington Post
When Audrey Dimitrew won a spot on a club volleyball team in Chantilly, Virginia, the 16-year-old hoped to impress varsity coaches and possibly college coaches. But when her coach benched her and the league told her she couldn't join another team, the action shifted from one court to another — she and her family sued.
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How young is too young to run?
U.S. News & World Report
While there's no question that physical activity in youth is critical for physical and mental health, as well as for developing lifelong healthy habits, how exercise is presented and pursued matters, says Skye Donovan​, a physical therapist and associate professor of physical therapy at Marymount University, who researches childhood obesity. ​On one end of the spectrum, she says, there are overweight and obese kids who never find sports they like, which raises their risk for obesity as adults. On the other end, there are kids​ whose parents pressure ​them into a sport, leading to burnout,
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5 sports venues perfect for Timeless Tickets
Sports CheatSheet
Although the original idea was announced back in October, recently the Milwaukee Brewers officially made their Timeless Tickets available online for purchase. Here's a look at 5 venues that would be perfect for a "Timeless Ticket."
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North Carolina city invests in youth soccer with field expansions
News & Record
Greensboro, North Carolina will have to do without the ACC basketball tournament — and its $25 million economic impact — for the next five years. But as the tournament leaves the Greensboro Coliseum to go on the road, an overlooked sport could help ease the financial hit: youth soccer.
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Texas city moving forward with park upgrades with eye on tournaments
The Eagle
VideoBrief An estimated $14 million in improvements to Veterans Park could be coming to College Station, Texas, by summer 2017 after council asked city staffers to move forward with plans at a recent council meeting. Council members gave the green light to staff to continue with plans for the park, which include four new synthetic fields, playgrounds and splash pads. The improvements are meant to attract state, national and international tournaments, and the tourism dollars they bring, to College Station.
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Academy looks to combine soccer training, school for youth players
Tampa Bay Times
A dream of playing soccer professionally led nearly two dozen soccer moms and dads to spend a Sunday afternoon in a hotel conference room in Brandon, Florida, listening to Ryan Maloney share his vision for the Pro Pathways Center of Excellence. The private, full-time school combines intensive soccer training and academics through Florida Virtual School for standout players in third through eighth grades.
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