NHSCA eNewsletter
Oct. 10, 2013

Kids and concussions: Advocate pushes for limits on hits in high school sports
Northern Public Radio
Coaches in Illinois are required by state law to remove from a game or practice any athlete suspected of suffering a concussion. But responding quickly after a hard hit isn't enough for a former football player from the Chicago area who now advocates nationwide to prevent injury to still-developing brains.More

Can kids play 3 sports anymore?
VideoBriefOf 1,100 student-athletes at Minnesota's Minnetonka High School, 3 percent play three sports. Ten or 20 years ago, Minnetonka Activities Director Ted Schultz says, that percentage would have been closer to 30 percent. "I think it has a lot to do with society," Schultz said. "I think that pressure to do more in one thing, to get to the top, has really influenced our student population. It's influenced our parents and the communities we live in."More

Beyond concussions: Improving emotional health for athletes
Psychology Today
Some of the nation's largest youth sports organizations are creating an alliance to address the dangers of concussions. The National Sports Concussion Coalition will share research and fund joint studies to educate athletes and their families. The issue of concussions in youth sports is extremely important, as many young people have experienced traumatic brain injuries as a result. When children's physical health is at risk, adults tend to take action for change. But what happens when children's emotional health is at risk?More

Call for contributors
In an effort to enhance the overall content of the NHSCA eNewsletter, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NHSCA, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we’re hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit and our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.More

Florence, N.J., head football coach Joe Frappolli commemorates 400th game with shutout over Robbinsville
The Times of Trenton
Joe Frappolli is Florence, N.J., football. In a 46-0 victory over Robbinsville, Frappolli became only the sixth head football coach in New Jersey history to coach in 400 games. The only active head coach to reach the milestone, he did it in his 40th season in a game that went down as career victory No. 278.More

Chip Kelly says his approach to keeping players healthy is working
NBC Sports
Chip Kelly's innovative approach to coaching football goes beyond his offensive system. It also includes a focus on rest, recovery, proper nutrition and hiring a sports science coordinator. And Kelly says his approach is working.More

4 keys to dominating on the diamond
Dan Huff says, "I recently watched the MLB Network's Countdown: The 30 Most Intimidating Players, which looked at some of the masters of mental training for baseball. The show featured guys like Randy Johnson, Rickey Henderson, Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, Dave Winfield, Pedro Martinez, Nolan Ryan, Al Hrabosky and Hank Aaron. These guys had a few things in common, whether they were known for hitting the ball 500 feet or throwing it 99 mph."More

Summer training puts players in prime shape
Columbia Spectator
Sophomore infielder John Kinne was back on the baseball field for summer ball the day after he flew home from the NCAA tournament in California. "As soon as I got back from California, my parents wanted me to go to practice the day I got back to Massachusetts. I took a day off, but that was really the extent of the break," Kinne said. After one of the baseball program's most successful seasons in history, marked by an Ivy League championship and the program's first ever NCAA tournament win — over New Mexico on June 1 — he and 17 other Light Blue players dove headfirst into summer league work.More

Build leg strength anywhere, any time
Lower-body strength is important for all athletes. You need a stable base to stay balanced, and you need strength and explosiveness to run, cut and change directions. This leg workout can be done in your living room, bedroom or anywhere you have space. If you train your legs as often as you train your upper body, you will see tremendous gains.More