Thursday, March 21, 2019

Wellness

Speed Training Warm-ups

How to warm-up the body for sprinting activities By Coach Dixon I believe the warm-up should take about 20 – 30 minutes to raise the core temperature and get your muscles ready for sprinting. The warm-ups are done from low intensity to high intensity with each segment and rep. The intensity of the workout scheduled for the day will determine …

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What is Success?

The ambiguity of the term “success” can lead high school students and their parents to define it in a number of ways. Whether it be when getting straight A’s, making the varsity team, or gaining acceptance into the top Ivy League. How do high school students actually define the success that everyone is trying to achieve? With numerous self-help books …

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ACL Injuries: Understanding the Anterior Cruciate Ligament

Knee injuries often occur among active teens and athletes, and a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — a ligament that helps give the knee its stability — is a common knee injury. Teens who play contact sports such football and basketball or so-called “cutting” sports (such as soccer and baseball that feature swift, abrupt movements such as pivoting, stopping, or …

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How to Deal With Insecurities as a Teenager

The time is 7:00 a.m. A girl is brushing her hair and fixing her makeup before school starts. A guy pulls on his new sneakers and does a set of push-ups before leaving the door. Both try to spruce themselves up for the day. But, in reality, both try to create a certain facade to mislead their peers from seeing …

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Editorial: The Reason Fad Diets Fail

“Eat cookies! Lose weight!” proclaimed an advertisement in a magazine I was recently flipping through. In spite of myself, I hesitated. I didn’t care about losing weight, but the eating cookies part? That sounded pretty good… No denying it, I have a weak spot for cookies. I sometimes wish I could eat them for every meal. So then, a diet …

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The Basics of Warming Up

It’s important to warm up your body before any physical activity. Warming up goes a long way toward preparing the body for exercising, both physically and mentally. It also helps prevent injuries. The term “warm-up” describes many light-aerobic and cardiovascular activities, which are separate from stretching. (Stretching works best when performed after warming up.) When you warm up, you are …

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Importance of Breakfast For Teens

A recent study found that skipping breakfast can be directly linked to excess weight gain in high school aged students. At first, it may seem strange that skipping a meal would cause weight gain. A closer look uncovers some obvious reasons why this occurs. Waiting until lunchtime to have your first meal of the day, creates a very long window (roughly …

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Stretching to Improve Hamstring Flexibility

Have you ever had that pain in the back of your leg while running down the field or court? Do you still wonder why you can’t touch your toes?  The hamstrings play an important role in running and can be easily injured if not flexible. Tight hamstrings can lead to low back and knee pain as well. The primary function …

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Guide to Strength Training

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 is called resistance). This strengthens and increases the amount of muscle mass in your body by making your …

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Dealing with Peer Pressure

When you were a little kid, your parents usually chose your friends, putting you in playgroups or arranging playdates with certain children they knew and liked. Now that you’re older, you decide who your friends are and what groups you spend time with. Your friends — your peers — are people your age or close to it who have experiences …

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