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Top 25 winningest active high school football coaches
The 2013 high school football season begins with many familiar names among the list of the nation's winningest active coaches. But one name you won't find is Bob Ladouceur of De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. Winner of 399 games and owner of an incredible .937 winning percentage (399-25-3), Ladouceur stepped down after winning a fourth straight California state championship, the fifth overall in school history. Meanwhile, John McKissick begins his 62nd year at the helm of the Summerville Green Wave. McKissick hit a major milestone last season when he won his 600th career game with a 37-21 victory over Ashley Ridge.
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Positive Coaching Alliance endeavors to change a win-at-all-cost ethos in youth sports
The Sacramento Bee
If there's an institution in society where "Pay It Forward" manifests itself, it's youth sports. So when a national organization embodying that philosophy recognizes you, particularly when you're only one of 20 youth coaches selected out of 2.5 million nationwide, that's impressive. Yet when Valeri Garcia stood at the podium of the awards banquet in Sacrament, Calif., for the Positive Coaching Alliance to accept the organization's Double-Goal Coach award, she didn't talk about herself or even the 9-year-olds she coaches in the North Natomas Little League. Instead, she thanked all the coaches she'd played for, who mentored her and inspired her to give back.
New Haven using advanced head impact sensors to improve player safety
New Haven Chargers
As part of a national effort to better understand the effect of concussions on athletes, the University of New Haven this fall will become the first college in the nation to use the most advanced high-tech impact sensors to document head trauma to its student-athletes. The sensors, called Smart Impact Monitors, will be used on UNH's football and men's and women's soccer teams. They are designed to detect and record head impact in real time and to prevent the cumulative effects of repeated head trauma by providing trainers and coaches with information that can improve athletes' training and help them make decisions about limiting a player's time on the field.
Football preseason: Does it matter?
By Nick Merrill
It's that time of year. If jerseys are replacing T-shirts, every TV commercial is for pizza, beer and Direct TV, and Mondays are approached with the same enthusiasm as Fridays, then football season is upon us. Sort of. With the start of the NFL preseason, many fans are left wondering the same thing year after year: Does the preseason even matter? Maybe not for some casual fans, but there are several demographics who care a great deal about the first four weeks.
Gunner Baker adds name to Texas high school baseball record book
Gunner Baker of Carlisle High School in Price, Texas, concluded his career in June with a Texas Class 1A baseball state championship and a place in the record books among the all-time pitching and hitting leaders in Texas high school baseball history. Baker holds two state records: He struck out 22 straight batters during the 2013 season and he had 13 RBIs in one game as a junior. The only problem here is that an official Texas high school state record book does not exist for baseball.
FCPS becomes first school district in US to adopt 'Heads Up' football rules
Fairfax County Public Schools has become the first school district in the United States to adopt USA Football's Heads Up Football program to promote a better, safer game for its high school student-athletes. In preparation for the 2013 season, all 250 high school football coaches in FCPS — including head coaches and assistants — were trained in Heads Up Football techniques that reinforce tackling mechanics aimed at reducing helmet contact, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concussion recognition and response protocols, and proper helmet and shoulder pad fitting.
Cardinal Gibbons, NC, uses electronic devices to coach
The News & Observer
Many high school football coaches didn't think using electronic devices on the sideline during games was a very good idea, but Cardinal Gibbons' Steven Wright has incorporated cell phones and iPads in the Crusaders' coaching tool kit. High school coaches can use sideline electronic devices for the first time this year, and Gibbons used them during its 14-12 win against Green Hope.
The 10 commandments of injury prevention
Following these 10 injury-prevention commandments of endurance training will help keep you healthy and fit.
1. Rest and recover.
Include rest days into your training plan by taking a complete break from training both physically and mentally. Get off your feet, rest your mind, rest your body for the day. Novice and/or masters athletes may require "off" days more frequently. Recovery weeks, typically less hours spent exercising or less miles trained, should be included every third to fifth week.
Your weight room is inadequate
Don't take this personally, coach, but the weight room at your school isn't cutting it. You probably have too many athletes and too little space with not nearly enough equipment for them to work efficiently and productively. You probably cannot provide enough one-on-one instruction to teach your athletes how to do things correctly so they can get the most out of each rep. But don't worry, there are changes you can make within your weight room — some to the equipment, others to the ways things operate — that will allow your athletes to get better results.
Safe play, proper training key to back-to-school sports safety
While some students can't wait to hit the books on the first day of school, others are just as excited to dive into the pool or strap on football pads for the start of the fall sports season. This year, young athletes will spend hours in the gym, pool or field. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than seven million teenagers participate in high school sports. However, these athletes also suffer an estimated two million injuries annually resulting in 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations.
Young athletes need to take a breather to avoid overuse injuries
Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
When Dr. Michael W. Gish told Masyn Jones in May that he couldn't throw a baseball for eight weeks — eight whole weeks — the youngster was crushed. Masyn had injured the growth plate in his right shoulder. His injury was a result of overuse: too much throwing, too much of the very sport — baseball — he loves best. At age 11, Masyn had joined the growing number of middle and high school athletes dealing with so-called "overuse injuries."
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