Is Your Athlete Drinking Enough? 7 Things Sports Parents Need to Know (PDF)

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Is Your Athlete Drinking Enough? 7 Things Sports Parents Need to Know (PDF)

By David Benzel
If proper hydration for your athlete is not HIGH on your radar, then dehydration is a strong possibility. In fact, Dr. Susan Yeargin – an expert at the University of South Carolina – conducted research on this topic and found out something that every youth sports coach and parent needs to know. Up to 75% of young athletes go to practice ALREADY dehydrated.

3 Tips on Building a Powerful College Recruiting Mission Statement

By Tom Kovic
College coaches are brilliant recruiters and look for 3 key components when evaluating prospects.

5 Strategies to Help Your Athlete Manage Performance and Social Anxiety

By TrueSport
Every athlete will likely feel some kind of nerves during practices or in competition. Some athletes thrive under pressure and embrace the nerves, while others will crumple if not bolstered by a supportive coach and team.

Communicating about COVID-19: How to Keep Kids Calm and Accountable

By TrueSport
As a parent during these uncertain and difficult times, the correct way to talk to your kids about COVID-19 might feel like walking a tight rope. How much should you share? How do you talk about school closures? How do you explain the importance of social distancing and CDC guidelines without terrifying them? Essentially, how do you keep kids both calm AND accountable?

6 Ways Parents Can Help Their Athlete Resolve a Coach-Athlete Conflict

By TrueSport
When a young athlete has a conflict with their coach, it’s often hard for parents to know exactly how to handle it. It’s tempting to immediately interfere and email the coach on behalf of your child, but that’s not always the best solution for your growing athlete.

Nutritional Serving Sizes: What You Need to Know

By TrueSport
Young athletes don’t always understand nutrition basics, and the American food landscape has been set up for easy overeating – especially when it comes to less healthy options. As a parent, this environment makes it tricky to teach portion and serving sizes to children. Help educate your child about nutritional serving sizes with these five facts in mind.

A Check List for Parents Considering Gymnastics for Their Child

A CHECK LIST for parents seeking a gymnastic program for their children. Ultimately the child should have an enjoyable and positive learning experience while developing appropriate gymnastic skills.

Post-Workout Fueling

By TrueSport
After a hard practice, your student athlete is probably feeling exhausted and hungry—and it may be best if they don’t wait until the next meal before refueling!

Pre-Workout Fueling

By TrueSport
Young student-athletes are often faced with a tough challenge when rushing to practice after school. How do you fuel for a practice or workout with limited time and when lunch is often hours before the final bell rings?

3 Reasons Why Your Athlete Needs Healthy Boundaries

By TrueSport
Between school, sports, social activities, and life at home, student-athletes have a lot of responsibilities that are often associated with high expectations and pressure. Knowing how to draw healthy boundaries for themselves is essential to their mental wellbeing and physical health.