NHSCA eNewsletter
Jul. 9, 2015

Benefits of extracurricular sports extend into the classroom
Medical News Today
Extracurricular sports have long been promoted as a way of keeping children healthy, but new research suggests they could also provide benefits in the classroom, helping children remain engaged and disciplined. The study, published in the American Journal of Health Promotion, found that children who regularly participated in structured sports were better at following instructions and remaining focused in the classroom than their peers by the time they reached fourth grade. More

NHSCA Sports Hour examines Early Contenders Top 25
Tune in to this evening's NHSCA Sports Hour with Jeff Fisher as he talks with Steve Spiewak of MaxPreps about his Early Contenders Top 25 for high school football. The show starts at 6pm Eastern at artistfirst.com/nhsca.htm.More

Some Colorado high schools turn to kids to help hire coaches
The Gazette
Plenty of schools include high school student-athletes to help them pick the next coach. Not all do it, and some schools do it on a sport-by-sport basis. "I think it's vitally important to get kids' perspectives on who they are going to be led by and mentored by," said Colorado Springs Liberty athletic director Michael Sibley. "Kids are great barometers."More

Indoor vs. outdoor exercise: Which is more productive?
The Tampa Tribune via Athletic Business
People tend to lean heavily on the gym when it comes to exercise, even in places where summer is endless. The gym is just an easy concept: You go, the machines are right there, you get the workout done, and you leave. Is it better for your body, health, and fitness goals to work out outdoors, where terrain varies and nothing is as smooth as the treadmill belt or class floor?More

What women need to know about sports injuries
The benefits of playing sports are well known, but the impact may be greater for females. According to the Women's Sports Foundation, high school girls are less likely to get pregnant and more likely to do better academically if they participate in sports. Girls and women also have more confidence, self-esteem, and lower levels of depression. The downside of all this physical activity is that it comes with risk. Women tend to be more susceptible to certain injuries as well as sports or exercise-related issues.More

Youth sports specialization: Is it really a negative?
Standard Examiner
Few topics surrounding high school sports generate as much discussion as the topic of youth specialization. But one question needs to be asked: Is specialization really a negative?More

Is the FDA's trans fat ban really the answer to our obesity epidemic?
By Natalie Rodriguez
The time has finally come for Americans to wave goodbye to their toxic friend trans fat — a veteran contributor to heart disease in the United States. Trans fat extends the shelf life of our favorite processed foods, along with assisting in taste and texture. In 2013, the Food and Drug Administration issued a preliminary finding indicating that partially hydrogenated oils were not "generally recognized as safe," and recently finalized the determination.More

High school girls basketball players against lowering the rim
USA Today
In volleyball, women play on nets that are eight inches lower than in the men's game. Given how that has worked, why not lower the rims several inches in women's basketball, allowing females to play at or above the cylinder in much the way the guys have done for decades? Judging from the responses of some of the top high school girls' basketball players in the nation, changing the height of the rim would be too radical.More

Florida athletics banner scam may have long history
Naples Daily News
The email offered local businesses an opportunity to promote themselves while supporting a local school's athletic team. A few hundred dollars, it read, could buy a banner that would hang on the fence around Estero High School’s football field — and as a bonus, the company would throw in a promotional announcement during games. By the end of the email, those with close ties to Estero athletics found reason to be suspicious. More

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children
The New York Times
Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary "Web Junkie," to be shown on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.More

Coaches balance time of softball, being moms
The Des Moines Register
Indianola, Iowa's Stacy Evans and Melisse Jacobson share an uncommon double play. Both are spending this softball season keeping up with toddlers as well as coaching. Across Iowa, a number of women perform duties that make for a busy summer.More

Older athletes now testing positive for PEDs
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Even after years of suspensions, public humiliations and stripped championships, athletes continue to use banned performance enhancing drugs at a substantial rate. And that use is spreading among older competitors, according to John Gleaves, a professor in the department of kinesiology at Cal State Fullerton. Speaking at the National Athletic Trainers' Association convention, Gleaves said it remains estimated that 23 percent to 25 percent of all athletes knowingly use a banned substance at least once during their careers. More