Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dazzle, Strength, Skill and Fun: Broken Arrow Cheerleading Squad Has It All

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By Madeline Stokell The new era of cheerleading has all heads turned in its direction, waiting to see what’s next. Feats of strength and coordination dazzle the eye in performances of spirit and positive energy. The sheer difficulty of the routines seen at national cheerleading competitions seem to dispel any prejudices against the sport; old ideas of pom poms waving are ... Read More »

Shoulder Mobility: Two Exercises to Improve Your Mobility

shoulder-mobility

Good shoulder mobility can not only improve shoulder function, but also improve performance and limit injuries. With athletes now specializing in one sport at an early age and many of them increasing their training outside of their sport, their shoulders can lose the flexibility and strength needed to perform at their best. Since most sports primarily use the “pushing” muscles ... Read More »

Best Buddies: The True Meaning of Friendship

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Millennium High School a Stellar Example of This Terrific Organization by Kristen Giddings New York, New York__The roaring booms resound through the stadium in Union City, New Jersey. New York Rumble Ultimate Frisbee fans stomp, or rumble, their feet in the bleachers, showing their enthusiasm and support for their team on the field in front of them. But off the ... Read More »

Amelia Andrilenas: Beauty in Body and Soul

Amelia Andrilenas

By Kendall Murtha ‘Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners. – William Shakespeare, Othello We generally think of gymnastics as a sport in which the athlete’s body is their primary instrument. Each time Amelia “Millie” Andrilenas, a junior at Juniata High School in Washington, takes to the ... Read More »

Great Greens: Eating the Right Foods to Stay Healthy

great greens

By Better Nutrition Greens aren’t just good for your health—they’re great. Green drinks, particularly, contain a healthy mix of nutrient-filled algae and grasses that offer detoxifying and alkalizing amino acids, minerals, and antioxidants. Greens are among my very favorite foods. Steamed, sautéed, raw—it doesn’t matter. Load up my plate and I’m happy. In fact, I’d eat them even if they ... Read More »

Dream Big…Always: Tommy Paul Focuses On His Dreams

Tommy Paul

To most of us, the net on a tennis court divides the physical space between the opponents; the place where they move and play, a boundary to define whether a ball is in or out. For Tommy Paul, one of the nation’s top teen tennis players, the net demarcates the psychic space of strategy, mental toughness, and a place where ... Read More »

Empowering the Young for Life: National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Provides Opportunity, Training, and Vision for Young Athletes

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Jim Spier has been a fan of track and field since he was a high school student in the late 1950s. When he attended track and field events as an adult he got interested in the Junior events (under 20) and noticed that the Junior teams did not represent the makeup of the top high school track and field athletes ... Read More »

Strength Training: Well Balanced Training Is Key To Success

Strength Training

Strength training is a vital part of a balanced exercise routine that includes aerobic activity and flexibility exercises. Regular aerobic exercise, such as running or using a stationary bike, makes your muscles use oxygen more efficiently and strengthens your heart and lungs. When you strength train with weights, you’re using your muscles to work against the extra pounds (this concept ... Read More »

Trenton Thompson: Firmly Grounded for Success

Trenton Thompson

By Ryan Bundy Students trek through high school looking forward to their senior year as a capstone and celebratory year of school achievement…but the truth is…senior year is tough. It’s filled with tough decisions. It’s the year where young people ponder for countless hours just what it is they want to do with the rest of their lives. During the ... Read More »

Heat Illness in High School Athletes

Heat Illness

By Jason Bennett, DA, ATC, Associate Professor at Chapman University The Centers for Disease Control reported that heat illness was a leading cause of death and disability of high school athletes from 2005-2009 (Yard, et al., 2010). Fortunately, heat illness is 100% preventable with the appropriate knowledge and procedures in place. While about 70% of high school athletes who suffer ... Read More »