Saturday, October 25, 2014

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

NSAF

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 »

Katie Lou Samuelson: Journey to a Championship

Katie Lou Samuelson

Ninety seconds on the game clock. Spain and the USA are tied 71-71. The FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Under-17 World Championship for Women taking place in the beautiful, romantic city of Pilsen, Czech Republic, will be decided in those seconds. Katie Lou Samuelson is the USA team captain. She’s on the floor those final, electrifying seconds, leading her team, searching ... Read More »

Taking the Stress Out of College: Knowing What to Expect

College Stress

Many college students realize they weren’t realistic about college. Some expect to find it hard living away from home, not only in terms of missing family but also in dealing with practical stuff like washing your own clothes. If anticipated, these issues can be less stressful. Living away from home tends to be the toughest adjustment for first-year students. You’ve ... Read More »

National Scholastic Athletics Foundation Provides Opportunity, Training, and Vision for Young Athletes

National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF)

Empowering the Young for Life By David Hahn 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 ... Read More »