Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/all en The Real and Present Danger of Overtraining Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock2540936.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">We are neglecting our children. We are failing to care for them properly and allowing them to overtrain - with lifelong consequences. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>What if I told you that overuse injuries could be thought more of as injuries of neglect? </strong>You&rsquo;ve decided to neglect training certain muscle groups or maybe you neglect key recovery strategies. You neglect to care for your body properly.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-real-and-present-danger-of-overtraining-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle burn out hockey injury overtraining Recovery rest and recovery teen fitness Family & Kids Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 25106 at http://breakingmuscle.com Stop Playing Through Pain: How to Safeguard Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/stop-playing-through-pain-how-to-safeguard-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/stop-playing-through-pain-how-to-safeguard-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock76848934.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Some people might applaud the concept of playing a sport through pain and injury. I am not one of them. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Some people might applaud the concept of playing a sport through pain and injury, considering it to be &ldquo;hardcore.&rdquo; <strong>As parents, coaches, trainers, and young athletes, where do we draw the line with injuries?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201409/shutterstock86446081.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/stop-playing-through-pain-how-to-safeguard-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children coaches kids kids sports parenting Family & Kids Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 24941 at http://breakingmuscle.com Inexpensive, Easy Ways to Prepare the Fitness Environment for Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/inexpensive-easy-ways-to-prepare-the-fitness-environment-for-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/inexpensive-easy-ways-to-prepare-the-fitness-environment-for-kids" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/9565890149861879fccao.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Montessori materials are prepared with children in mind. The equipment you use for coaching kids should be the same. </div></div></div><p><em>In previous <a>articles</a></em><em>, I explained how <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/follow-the-client-applying-montessori-principles-in-the-gym" target="_blank">the Montessori concept of &ldquo;following the child</a>&rdquo; can be applied in both a school environment and a fitness environment. I also discussed how <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/foundational-training-for-youth-athletes-are-you-doing-it" target="_blank">foundational training </a>is important in both the classroom and the fitness world.</em></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/inexpensive-easy-ways-to-prepare-the-fitness-environment-for-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching equipment kids fitness kids sports montessori Teaching Family & Kids Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 24691 at http://breakingmuscle.com Foundational Training for Youth Athletes: Are You Doing It? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/foundational-training-for-youth-athletes-are-you-doing-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/foundational-training-for-youth-athletes-are-you-doing-it" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201409/shutterstock135721727.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Just like in any good Montessori program, coaches of youth athletes need to build the foundations before the high-level skill work. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I recently started working with a local high school here in Japan, and it&#39;s one of the few in my area that has a weightlifting team.</strong> The weightlifting coach, a nice man who knows more about the Olympic lifting techniques than I ever will, approached me to work with his non-competition team.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/foundational-training-for-youth-athletes-are-you-doing-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle kids sports Family & Kids Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:00:00 +0000 24191 at http://breakingmuscle.com Tips for Helping Teens Balance School and Sport http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/tips-for-helping-teens-balance-school-and-sport <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/tips-for-helping-teens-balance-school-and-sport" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock84014419.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">By identifying time-saving tips and techniques and strategies, the student athlete can succeed academically, as well as athletically. </div></div></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:18px;">As adults, we recognize the signs of stress and overscheduling and are able to control some of the competing variables, but what about children and their stressors? </span></strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">As the school bells ring to start another academic year and whistles shrill to start another sports season, how does the student athlete manage to achieve good grades and retain optimal performance on the playing field?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/tips-for-helping-teens-balance-school-and-sport" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports balance breakingmuscle high school athletes schedule teen fitness teens Family & Kids Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:00 +0000 23806 at http://breakingmuscle.com Fight for the Right to Recess: 3 Reasons Kids Need Break Time http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/fight-for-the-right-to-recess-3-reasons-kids-need-break-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/fight-for-the-right-to-recess-3-reasons-kids-need-break-time" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/shutterstock75776182.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Many schools are shortening recess or even eliminating it altogether. Here are some reasons that's a bad idea. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>According to the United Nations, the opportunity for play and recreation is a fundamental human right of every child:</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/fight-for-the-right-to-recess-3-reasons-kids-need-break-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle education kids fitness learning play school Family & Kids Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000 23521 at http://breakingmuscle.com 8 Keys to Back-to-School Fitness Success http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/8-keys-to-back-to-school-fitness-success <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/8-keys-to-back-to-school-fitness-success" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/screenshot2014-08-11at112308am.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's time for packing lunches, carpool, and homework. Here are some tips for surviving the hectic school season with your fitness intact. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Summer draws to a close and school is right around the corner for many children and parents.</strong> In one sense, it&rsquo;s a relief. The kids will be in school and there will be quiet around the house again (unless you have toddlers and babies at home like I do). </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>But we all know it&rsquo;s not that easy.</strong> With the school year comes the added stress of homework, extracurricular activities, waking up early, and carpooling. I&rsquo;m cringing as I type.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/8-keys-to-back-to-school-fitness-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness parenting Family & Kids Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 23206 at http://breakingmuscle.com Using Youth Psychology to Your Advantage http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/using-youth-psychology-to-your-advantage <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/using-youth-psychology-to-your-advantage" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/6283659499da8a2ed7a7zcopy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Teach children weightlifting while they are in their early fearless stage and you will watch them become quickly accustomed to the lifts. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Youth psychology isn&#39;t something mentioned a great deal.<strong> Yet, as <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">coaches to kids and teens</a>, it&rsquo;s something we can use to our advantage - if we do it right.</strong> The psychological phenomenon I&rsquo;m about to describe is something I&#39;ve witnessed over a number of years. Obviously, this is purely anecdotal, but I&#39;m fairly confident in my observations.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/using-youth-psychology-to-your-advantage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle coaching kids fitness kids sports sports psychology Family & Kids Fri, 08 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 22656 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Best No-Equipment Upper Body Exercises For Children http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-best-no-equipment-upper-body-exercises-for-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-best-no-equipment-upper-body-exercises-for-children" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201408/90225827747e9112850aocrop.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Here are some ideas for combining exercises to create safe, effective upper body workouts for kids. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>My father had an old saying that he used when he and I would watch boxing on TV.</strong> He would often comment that certain fighters looked like &ldquo;they couldn&rsquo;t punch their way out of a wet paper bag.&rdquo; While obviously a bit of hyperbole, the overall concept was immediately clear - those fighters demonstrated an obvious lack of upper body strength and power.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-best-no-equipment-upper-body-exercises-for-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids fitness upper body exercises Family & Kids Thu, 07 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22986 at http://breakingmuscle.com The A to Z of Family Fun in the Sun http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/squareswim.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Have the dog days of summer zapped your motivation to workout? Take advantage of the lazy days of summer and rethink your approach to your workouts. <strong>Including the entire family in your fitness program may be just what you need to revitalize your training plan.</strong> So, grab your family, grab the sunscreen and a bottle of water, and get ready for some <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/family-fitness-blaze-the-trail-and-stay-fit-this-spring-break" target="_blank">family fun in the sun</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-a-to-z-of-family-fun-in-the-sun" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family family fitness holidays summer Family & Kids Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22576 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Life-or-Death Reason Kids Need to Learn to Fail http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock185633006copy.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">These days, kids are told that they are good enough no matter what. But they aren’t. Our kids are failing at school and failing at health and wellness. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I always hated the <a href="https://www.presidentschallenge.org/challenge/physical/activities/index.shtml" target="_blank">Presidential Physical Fitness Tests</a> in school.</strong> The battery of tests was no big deal if you happened to be a fit and lean kid, but for a guy nicknamed &lsquo;&rdquo;Truck,&rdquo; the annual fitness testing kept me up at night.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-life-or-death-reason-kids-need-to-learn-to-fail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children family fitness kids fitness obesity Family & Kids Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 22416 at http://breakingmuscle.com Yoga Is the Answer to the Problems Children Face Today http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/shutterstock654887831.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Yoga and mindfulness practices at a young age can benefit youth behavior, focus, attention span, and embodiment. </div></div></div><div> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/yoga-is-the-answer-to-the-problems-children-face-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> behaviors breakingmuscle embodiment focus mindfulness Family & Kids Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 21901 at http://breakingmuscle.com Plan for the Unplanned: How to Write a Program for Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/500927517883495d0b3cz.jpg" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It's all too easy to write the perfect session, only to wind up coaching kids who don't want to engage with your program today. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">&quot;Everyone has a plan, until they get punched in the face.&rdquo; These famous words came from legendary boxer <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/video/friday-flicks-a-lesson-on-intimidation-from-mike-tyson" target="_blank">Mike Tyson</a>. It&#39;s a simple, yet important concept for those of us who coach children.<strong> You can&#39;t rely on just one strategy, as there are many variables that may resist such plans being effective</strong>. And metaphorically speaking, kids really know how to punch hard.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/plan-for-the-unplanned-how-to-write-a-program-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle fun kids fitness play Programming Family & Kids Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 21451 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Pivotal Role of Attitude in Youth Sports Performance http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201407/square_0.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">What can reveal the most about an athlete, can make or break a game, and can reach viral status? That’s right. Attitude. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">What can reveal the most about an athlete in a matter of minutes, can make or break the outcome of a game or a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/olympic-weightlifting/the-value-of-competition-what-weightlifters-know-that-the-hippies-didnt" target="_blank">competitive event</a>, and can reach viral status within seconds? That&rsquo;s right. <strong>Attitude</strong>. Good, bad, or indifferent, we all have it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-pivotal-role-of-attitude-in-youth-sports-performance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> attitude breakingmuscle competition losing performance positive winning youth Family & Kids Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 21186 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Worst Thing You Can Say to a Child Athlete http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201406/screenshot2014-06-25at22241pm.png" alt="" title="" width="185" height="105" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The words you say to kids make an impact, and this one phrase can put shackles on them that are hard to remove. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Recently, my gym launched a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/interviews/interview-with-ok-kimonos-founder-brendan-hufford-helping-all-kids-train-bjj" target="_blank">kids grappling </a>and MMA program. </strong>Starting with students as young as three years old, we begin with no contact, but use lots of activities that are designed to teach the fundamentals of striking and grappling long before the students ever have to worry about opponents.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-worst-thing-you-can-say-to-a-child-athlete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 20806 at http://breakingmuscle.com