How to Raise Upstanders (Instead of Bystanders)

Nutrition, Sports Psychology & Fitness Articles

How to Raise Upstanders (Instead of Bystanders)

By TrueSport
As young athletes navigate through adolescence, they may run into situations that challenge their moral compass. Whether your athlete is faced with an ethical dilemma in school, in sport, or in the community, doing the right thing is important – no matter who is watching.

Trauma-Informed Approach: What Drives Bullying Behaviors?

By TrueSport
When it comes to dealing with misbehavior on your team, it can be tempting to label kids as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and ‘bullies’ or ‘victims.’ But rarely is real life that simple, and more often than not, bullying behaviors are driven by a need that a child has that’s not being met.

Top 5 Foods to Boost Your Athlete’s Mood

By TrueSport
If your young athletes seem moody, there are hundreds of potential causes, from stress at school to pre-game nerves to a fight with a friend. One way to help boost your athlete’s mood naturally—no supplements required—is through diet.

7 Best Go-To Foods to Bring on the Road

By TrueSport
When you’re constantly on the road with your young athlete, going between school, practice, games, and other activities, you’ve likely dealt with a hungry, irritable child in the backseat. Unfortunately, stopping for fast food along the way can be expensive and unhealthy, which isn’t good for busy athletes who depend on nutritious foods for recovery.

Top Nutrition Tips to Help Heal a Sports Injury

By TrueSport
When your athlete is recovering from a sports injury that’s keeping them from taking part in practice and play, proper nutrition becomes more critical than ever. Eating well during this time can speed up healing and a return to play, while overindulging in junk food can actually set recovery back.

How to Implement Intrinsic Foot Strengthening for Young Athletes

By TrueSport
You’ve likely never considered adding ‘stronger feet’ to your list of what makes an athlete great. “We talk a lot about how important it is for a young athlete to be strong,” says Dr. Michele LaBotz, TrueSport Expert and sports medicine physician. “But we almost always ignore feet.”

Youth Sports: How to Deal with Anxiety Around Return to Play

By TrueSport
As young athletes return to practice after being away from friends and coaches for months due to COVID-19 lockdowns, athlete anxiety will be natural. Not only are there new safety protocols in place that may seem confusing or intimidating, it’s a big shift emotionally as well.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Flavor-Enhanced Water

By TrueSport
Flavored water might seem like a simple, healthy choice to pick when compared to soda, juice, and carbohydrate-loaded sports drinks. But flavored water, which shouldn’t be confused with sparkling water, carbonated water, or water with fruit essence, from your local convenience store or made from a powder at home might not be the healthiest pick for your young athlete.

5 Quick and Easy Snacks to Sustain Your Athlete’s Energy

By TrueSport
Teaching your young athlete what healthy snacks look like – and ditching that reliance on fast food or ultra-processed snacks – isn’t just important for their athletic endeavors, it also impacts their overall health.

6 Things to Know About Electrolytes for Youth Athlete

By TrueSport
Deciding when to use a sports drink, electrolyte-infused water, or plain water is important to your athlete’s performance, but it can also be confusing.