Youth

Sit-Ups: Why They Should be Left Behind

Sit-Ups: Why They Should be Left Behind

One of the most common “go-to” exercises in countless work-out repertoires is the ever popular sit-up. It is an exercise that is ingrained in our minds from elementary school gym class fitness testing through sports team training programs, and even into adulthood when trying to reach the sometimes elusive six-pack abs. But the research reports are in, and this seemingly timeless exercise that has been the staple to many fitness routines has been pushed from its chiseled pedestal and has come crashing down. Let’s talk about why.

Fight for Your Right to Play

Fight for Your Right to Play

Hi there! Welcome to the latest edition of the Back to Basics blog. I’m glad you’re here. Whether you’re a regular subscriber or this is your first time reading and you were simply drawn to this article because of the Beastie Boys reference in the title, I’m glad you’re here. So, pull up a chair, but don’t sit down just yet.

The Importance of Playing: The Growing Risk of Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes

The Importance of Playing: The Growing Risk of Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletes

We live in a world of extremes—extreme home makeovers, extreme couponing, extreme diets, extreme paintball—it’s everywhere.  Gone are the days of moderation. It’s go big or go home on everything, every day, all day. This new mentality is even evident in the world of youth sports. In the past decade participation in youth sports across the board has soared to include more than 35 million kids between the ages of 7-17 in the United States.