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Athletic Fields Are An Overlooked Safety Hazard

One of the biggest hazards in outside field sports, yet often the most overlooked, is the field itself. Because parents can't count on the referee or their child's coach to inspect the field before a game begins to ensure that it is in a playable condition, the best injury prevention strategy is to set up a field detail of parents to do the inspection.

Preventing Ankle Sprains in Soccer

Soccer players can suffer ankle sprains in a variety of ways. Many can be prevented if simple steps are followed.

Safety-Release Bases Prevent Baseball Sliding Injuries

Little League Baseball® and Little League Softball® require the use of safety-release or break-away bases, because a traditional stationary base, bolted to a metal post and sunk into the
ground, is a rigid obstacle for an athlete to encounter while sliding
and poses a clear safety hazard.

Two Studies Suggest Soccer Heading May Lower Test Scores

Two new studies suggest that heading in soccer may result in weaker mental performance, including a decline in cognitive function, difficulty in verbal learning, planning and maintaining attention and reduced information processing speed. The short term study found that recent heading by players who headed with "moderate-to-high frequency" led in some cases to weaker neurocognitive performance. The long-term effects are less clear. One study found that lifetime heading had "no significant or strong effect... on neuropsychological performance." But the other reached a different conclusion, noting "players with the highest lifetime estimates of heading had poorer scores on scales measuring attention, concentration, cognitive flexibility and general intellectual functioning."

Studies Suggest Repeated Heading Of Soccer Balls Effects Short Term Mental Performance

Since 1999 several studies have suggested that repeated heading of a soccer ball may result in the short term in weaker mental performance. The long term effects of repeated heading are less clear. "Until further studies clarify the risks, there should be a yellow warning signal going out, say experts, who suggest in the meantime a number of safety precautions.

Lessons Learned through Sports

Shari Kuchenbecker, Ph.D., discusses the important life lessons children can learn through participation in sports.

Buying the Right Volleyball for Your Child

How beach volleyballs are different from volleyballs used in the indoor game.

Buying the Right Volleyball for Your Child

The differences between indoor and beach volleyballs.

Softballs for Fast-Pitch, Slow-Pitch, No-Glove Softball Vary By Size and Hardness

Softballs come in different sizes and degrees of hardness for fast-pitch, slow-pitch and no-glove leagues.

How to Select a Softball for Your Child

Dan Touhey, VP of marketing at Spalding, talks about how to select a softball for your child.

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