Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/%2A en 4 Exercises to Prevent Knee and Back Pain in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-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/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-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/201412/shutterstock236209462x.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">Young athletes don't always realize the impact their training will have on their future. Here's how to protect them. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>My high school football coach had a consistent piece of advice: &ldquo;Protect your low back because you&#39;ve only got one.&rdquo; </strong>Sadly, he had to quit football in college because of a low back injury.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/4-exercises-to-prevent-knee-and-back-pain-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports back pain breakingmuscle kids kids fitness knee injuries low back teen fitness youth youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27966 at http://breakingmuscle.com Sever's Disease: The Pain of Adolescent Growth Spurts http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts" 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/201412/shutterstock72271075.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">Receiving the initial diagnosis of Sever’s disease can be scary, but with proper treatment it shouldn't have lasting effects. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Achilles pain and Achilles injuries are common in youth athletes, </strong>especially those who participate in jumping and running sports, such as basketball, gymnastics, soccer, and track.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><img alt="sever's disease, kids injuries, foot disease, adolescent growth spurts" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201412/shutterstock228744784.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/severs-disease-the-pain-of-adolescent-growth-spurts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> achilles tendon adolescent sports breakingmuscle foot injuries kids kids fitness Family & Kids Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27761 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Tips for Developing Fine Motor Control During Childhood http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-tips-for-developing-fine-motor-control-during-childhood <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/3-tips-for-developing-fine-motor-control-during-childhood" 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/201411/shutterstock184597472.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">Developing fine motor skills will help your kids excel in their sport. Here are some Montessori-inspired tips for building these skills. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Enouraging fine motor control is a critical part of raising children.<strong> Not only is fine motor control essential to daily life, but when it comes to sports, fine motor control is paramount.</strong> </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">Just a fraction of an inch difference in finger placement and release of a curveball can make the difference between a Major League pitcher, a decent high school pitcher, and a Friday Night Beer League player.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-tips-for-developing-fine-motor-control-during-childhood" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children kids kids fitness kids strength training learning motor skills physical education Family & Kids Sun, 30 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000 27216 at http://breakingmuscle.com High Tops Are Ruining Your Kids' Feet and Knees http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/high-tops-are-ruining-your-kids-feet-and-knees <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/high-tops-are-ruining-your-kids-feet-and-knees" 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/201411/shutterstock71037718.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">High-top shoes have stopped performing their primary function of protecting an athlete’s ankles and have now become an aesthetic choice. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>High-tops were originally intended for basketball players to help prevent injuries from <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-science-of-strength-training-for-vertical-jump-and-change-of-direction" target="_blank">sudden stops and quick turns</a>.</strong> But the high-top shoe has become popular and fashionable in mainstream society, especially with kids.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/high-tops-are-ruining-your-kids-feet-and-knees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children feet foot injuries kids shoe shoes Family & Kids Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27331 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Unconventional Tips for Coaching Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-kids <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-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/201411/screenshot2014-11-18at10637pm.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">I'm not going to give you the usual boring advice. Instead, I'm here to offer some not-so-expected tips on how to handle kids. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">An old colleague of mine used to have this fantastic saying he&rsquo;d express at least once a week,<strong> &ldquo;I love kids! Of course, I couldn&rsquo;t eat a whole one.&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-unconventional-tips-for-coaching-kids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children coaching kids kids fitness kids strength training Family & Kids Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000 27296 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Recipes to Get Your Kids Excited About Vegetables http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables" 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/201411/p1010084ed.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">“You gotta eat your vegetables.” This mantra doesn't have to lead to tears, tantrums, and arguments. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>&ldquo;You gotta <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/why-you-need-phytonutrients-and-the-4-best-places-to-get-them" target="_blank">eat your vegetables</a>.&rdquo;</strong> This mantra, uttered by concerned mothers since the time of Alexander the Great, has led to tears, tantrums, and arguments. I suspect it may have even started the careers of many a stage magician (Hey Mom, see? The vegetables are all gone!).</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-recipes-to-get-your-kids-excited-about-vegetables" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle desserts Food kids kids nutrition recipes smoothies vegetables Family & Kids Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:00:00 +0000 27121 at http://breakingmuscle.com School Isn't Just for the Mind - It's Also for the Body http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body" 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/201411/shutterstock210164710.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">A school is supposed to nourish a student in every way. But all signs point to how caretakers in the education field are failing us. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;">A school is supposed to nourish a student in every way: intellectually, socially, morally, and, of course, physically. <strong>But all signs in this modern society point to how caretakers in the education field are failing.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/school-isnt-just-for-the-mind-its-also-for-the-body" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle high school athletes high school sports physical education school teen fitness teens Family & Kids Sun, 09 Nov 2014 15:00:00 +0000 26961 at http://breakingmuscle.com Understanding the Off-season for Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/understanding-the-off-season-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/understanding-the-off-season-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/201411/screenshot2014-11-05at112540am.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 off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. So if it doesn’t mean taking time off, what does it mean? </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>The <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/the-pro-secrets-to-off-season-training" target="_blank">off-season</a> too often becomes a time of complete rest for youth athletes.</strong> While everyone needs rest and recovery time from the mental and physical stresses of a playing season, the off-season does not mean an athlete should not train. But if the off-season doesn&rsquo;t mean taking time off, what does it mean?&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/understanding-the-off-season-for-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children coaching kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 06 Nov 2014 22:00:00 +0000 26911 at http://breakingmuscle.com Coaching Young Athletes Through Sensitive Periods http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods" 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/201410/shutterstock191356631.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">The term “sensitive period” refers to a certain age or period in a child’s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>In the <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/coaching-business/follow-the-client-applying-montessori-principles-in-the-gym" target="_blank">Montessori system</a>, the term &ldquo;sensitive period&rdquo; refers to a certain time in a child&rsquo;s life in which they are more receptive to some types of learning than others.</strong> In fitness, especially for children, there are also physical sensitive periods, although I have found they tend to be shorter than mental areas.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaching-young-athletes-through-sensitive-periods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching kids montessori youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 30 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26611 at http://breakingmuscle.com A 5-Step Approach to Training During Adolescent Growth Spurts http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts" 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/201410/shutterstock155748107.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">Adolescent athletes don't have to warm the bench just because they're going through a growth spurt. </div></div></div><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>We have all seen the awkwardness that accompanies a <a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/growing-bones-and-crossfit-kids-the-biology-every-kids-coach-should-know" target="_blank">period of growth</a> for youth athletes. </strong>Some of us have even experienced it. The fastest runner on the team begins tripping over his or her feet. The once graceful dancer is all arms and legs. The number-four batter moves down in the lineup because he or she can&rsquo;t get the timing right.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-5-step-approach-to-training-during-adolescent-growth-spurts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children high school athletes kids youth athletes Family & Kids Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 26351 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Real and Present Danger of Overtraining Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-real-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-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-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-and-keep-kids-in-the-game <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-and-keep-kids-in-the-game" 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-and-keep-kids-in-the-game" 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