NHSCA eNewsletter
Jun. 19, 2014

New app to help pitchers avoid Tommy John surgery
With Tommy John surgery — a procedure that replaces an injured ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow — being performed with increasing frequency on young baseball pitchers, Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Kevin Wilk are using technology to do something about it. Andrews, a noted orthopedic surgeon, and Wilk, a physical therapist, have created "Throw Like a Pro," an iOS app aimed at teaching players, parents and coaches how to prevent injuries caused by repeatedly throwing a baseball. More

Early signing period remains a hot topic
National Football Post
There has long been discussion between coaches and administrators about an early signing period, as verbal commitments occur at a much earlier rate — as do subsequent decommitments. In fact, a proposal by the American Football Coaches Association for a mid-December signing period was voted down by commissioners in 2008. But there seems to be real traction now for some sort of change as college football faces a variety of legislative issues.More

NHSCA Radio Show
Listen to the NHSCA Sports Hour presented by the National High School Coaches Association with host Jeff Fisher, every Thursday at 6 P.M. Eastern. Listen LIVE at www.artistfirst.com/nhsca.htmMore

Texas' UIL rejects 'mercy rule' proposal for 11-man football
The governing board for high school athletics in Texas rejected a proposal that would have adopted a mercy rule for 11-man football. The rule most likely would have affected only a very small number on any given Friday night, and stems from a game last year game when Aledo, a Class 4A power, beat Western Hills, 91-0.More

World Cup referees get high-tech help watching the goal line
Bloomberg Businessweek
It's not clear that smartwatches will ever make the leap from the tech hype cycle to the real world, but the devices will get at least one highly visible cameo on a particularly big stage. Referees at the World Cup this year will wear watches that will vibrate and display the word "GOAL" each time a ball crosses the goal line.More

A single move, a Texas-sized ripple
Directly or indirectly, Mack Brown's decision to leave Texas last year affected the jobs of 103 coaches and influenced coaching changes at 47 college programs, four NFL organizations and two high schools. The impact of the legendary coach's departure was felt at every level of the game.More

US schools develop a nicer version of gym class
The Washington Post
The cavernous gymnasium at Patriot High School in Prince William County, Virginia, can be intimidating for 15-year-old Kristin Ansah. When students break out the hockey sticks before gym class, she ducks for cover. But Kristin looks forward to her physical education classes, because her teachers let her choose what she wants to play.More

Why being short can help in soccer
The Atlantic
There are several reasons for the rise of soccer's little big stars, but the main one is that being close to the ground is a major advantage for midfielders and forwards. Shorter people have a "quicker stepping pattern," Stasinos Stavrianeas, a professor of exercise science at Willamette University, said. Essentially, they're spry: They can change directions much faster than tall folks and they have better control over their limbs.More

Overestimating how hard we exercise
The New York Times
Surprisingly few of us know what moderate exercise means, research shows. An instructive new study found that many of us underestimate how hard we should exercise to achieve maximum health benefits and overestimate how vigorously we are actually working out. More

New study: Kids and caffeine may be a dangerous combination
New research hints at worrisome effects of coffee and soda for kids. Even low doses of caffeine — equivalent to what you'd find in a half to a full can of soda or a cup of coffee — had an effect on kids' blood pressure and heart rates. And researchers found that the stimulant had more potent heart and blood pressure effects in boys than girls after puberty.More

When school's out, weight can pile on
HealthDay News
As the school year ends, many children feel they're gaining two months of freedom. But new research suggests many will gain something else: unwanted weight. Between June and August, many U.S. kids pack on excess pounds, particularly if they're overweight to begin with, according to a Harvard-led review of previous research. More