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Why does physical activity during childhood matter?
Society for Research in Child Development via ScienceDaily
Most scientific research on the topic of physical inactivity has focused on the consequences of physical inactivity for physical health, with significant attention to obesity and medical conditions such as diabetes. A new article provides compelling new data on the consequences of physical inactivity for neural function, cognitive task performance, and academic achievement.
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Youth sports and the courts
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No, not the kind of courts you play on. A Phoenix youth baseball player is learning the hard way about the American legal system, and how youth sports works. Greg Bozinovich is a 12-year-old baseball player whose father was hurt at a ball park. His dad filed a personal injury lawsuit against the United States Specialty Sports Association in connection with his injury. Because of that filing, Greg is no longer able to play baseball.
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Athletes perform better when exposed to subliminal visual cues
University of Kent via ScienceDaily
Athletes who are exposed to subliminal visual cues when they are participating in endurance exercise will perform significantly better, a study has demonstrated. Subliminal visual cues are words, pictures or symbols which are unidentifiable in someone's conscious.
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Return on sports tourism investment open to question
The Tampa Tribune via Athletic Business
Hillsborough County is joining communities around Florida and the nation in trying to capitalize on amateur sports complexes as tourist attractions. Recently, Hillsborough commissioners voted to seek proposals from private companies to develop a $15 million sports complex with 16 or more tournament-quality fields. Commissioners hope the complex will draw sports tourism families who will spend money here, boosting sales and bed taxes.
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Pushy sports parents often end up as the losers
Chicago Tribune via Star Tribune
Youth sports long have been seen as a ticket to a college scholarship, and as college costs go ever higher, many parents are putting more pressure on their children to snag some of that cash. As the stakes grow, parents push harder, sending their kids to sports camps and buying them the newest gear — expenses that up the ante and make the parents even more focused on their youngsters’ success.
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Tour of Utah will move to northern Utah, include 5 new cities
Deseret News
After a couple of years of touring Utah’s red rock desert, a larger, more prestigious Tour of Utah cycling race will head north for its 11th edition. "There is some ground up there that we’ve wanted to get to for a while," said Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah, at a press conference announcing the cities and sites that will host the seven-stage event in August 2015.
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Why swimming may be the best exercise as you age
Reach for the Wall
Falling down and getting hurt is a big problem for older adults, and researchers think that physical activity may lower people's risk of falls. But now, a new study suggests that the only type of exercise that lowers older adults' risk of falls is swimming.
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St. Louis lands 2016 Olympic men's gymnastics trials
St. Louis Post--Dispatch
The U.S. men's gymnastics team for the 2016 Olympics will be determined in St. Louis at Chaifetz Arena, which will be the site of the Olympic team trials. The women's P&G Championships will coincide with the men’s trials in St. Louis two weeks before the women's Olympic trials are held in San Jose, California.
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Dallas school turns football field into farm
ESPN
Of the rolling 146 acres in Dallas that Paul Quinn College calls home, the spot that belongs to the aging football field is impossible to miss. On this fall afternoon, there will be no football practice. Instead, the 20-yard line is occupied by bulging sweet potatoes. Radishes sprout on the opposite end of the field, somewhere around the 15. A few feet from the old ticket booth, hens gather to lay eggs.
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Study: Obesity can reduce life by up to 8 years
Medical News Today
Life expectancy can be reduced by up to 8 years by obesity, which can also cause adults to lose as much as 19 years of healthy life if it leads to Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology examines the issue.
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The 10 best fan bases in college football
USA Today
College Football Fan Index is a cumulative data-based ranking of America's most engaged fan bases in 2014. See the picks for college football’s 10 best fan bases.
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