Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/%2A en Coaches: Learn How to Keep Young Shoulders Healthy http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img1.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/shoulderheader.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">Avoid potential injury in young weightlifters by employing these four shoulder exercises before it's too late. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Shoulders like boulders. Every male fitness enthusiasts dream, right? </strong>When it comes to weightlifting, it&#39;s not necessarily something we desire to achieve but more of a byproduct of training. But perhaps this is something we should consider more, especially when it comes to youth athletes.&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">There is essential training required to maintain good shoulder health and prevent any missed training sessions due to injury, specifically when it comes to youth weightlifting.</span></p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/coaches-learn-how-to-keep-young-shoulders-healthy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle mobility. shoulders teen fitness weightlifting Family & Kids Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 83856 at http://breakingmuscle.com How to Get Adequate Recovery as a Sleep-Deprived Parent http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/shutterstock43251532.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">This advice might not get you to peak performance, but it should help keep you from feeling old, tired, and sore every day. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">With exception to Hercules, special operators and other immortals, we all need sleep to recover from the rigors of life and our workouts. <strong>But, what if we can&rsquo;t get that much needed sleep?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I read an article a while ago, where a professional athlete was interviewed about his workouts and recovery.<strong> This athlete commented that there is absolutely no excuse for anyone not to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.</strong> I thought to myself, &ldquo;This guy obviously does not have kids.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/how-to-get-adequate-recovery-as-a-sleep-deprived-parent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> active recovery breakingmuscle family kids parenting Recovery Sleep sleep deprivation Family & Kids Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 84046 at http://breakingmuscle.com Use Yoga to Get to Know Your Kids Better http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/20150216103819.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 helps keep kids physically active, but there are many more benefits for emotional support and bonding. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>After my oldest child</strong> <strong>was born, I practiced <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>yoga </strong></span>during her naps for a long time.</strong> But one day, I decided to try it while she was awake. To my surprise, she plopped down next to me and followed along. She even stayed in corpse pose for a blissful thirty seconds of silence.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/use-yoga-to-get-to-know-your-kids-better" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle Children family family fitness kids parenting partner yoga Family & Kids Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 83946 at http://breakingmuscle.com 3 Steps to Nip Youth Performance Anxiety in the Bud http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201502/youthheader.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">Coaches and parents, help youth identify and conquer sports performance anxiety. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Experiencing anxiety before a big sports event is normal, but what happens when this anxiety prohibits optimal sports performance?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>After a winter hiatus and with spring sports just around the corner, many children develop sports performance anxiety.</strong> This usually happens before or during a tryout or event, but can possibly occur even after an event. The purpose of this article is to help coaches, trainers, and parents do the following:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/3-steps-to-nip-youth-performance-anxiety-in-the-bud" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports athletic performance breakingmuscle Children performance anxiety Family & Kids Sun, 15 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 83811 at http://breakingmuscle.com Challenge Youth With Strength Training - Why Not? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img6.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/kidsnewheader.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">Coaches, don't let the sun set on the potential of youth weightlifting before its potential is discovered. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>As a weightlifting coach, I am always looking to improve my knowledge.</strong> Finding new information is one way, but another approach is to look back on things I&rsquo;ve done, programs I&rsquo;ve written, and my deliverance of coaching. This is called self-reflection. It&#39;s a beautiful thing.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/challenge-youth-with-strength-training-why-not" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching olympic weightlifting personal development strength training weightlifting Family & Kids Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 31381 at http://breakingmuscle.com More Than Just a Funny Bone: Preventing Growth Plate Injury http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/bonesheader.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">Learn how to quickly identify and avoid growth plate injuries in adolescent and children's sports. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Adults and youth face the same risk of bone injuries, but because a child&rsquo;s bones are still growing, children, unlike adults, are susceptible to <em>growth plate injuries</em>.</strong> Growth plate injuries are common in competitive youth athletes and must be quickly and correctly identified to prevent permanent damage.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All parents of growing athletes, as well as coaches and trainers who work with youth athletes, should fully understand the function and importance of growth plates. This article will explain:</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/more-than-just-a-funny-bone-preventing-growth-plate-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports bone health bones breakingmuscle Children growing pains growth injuries teen fitness Family & Kids Sat, 31 Jan 2015 22:00:00 +0000 31361 at http://breakingmuscle.com A 4-Step Program for Happy Homework Time http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/shutterstock238589953.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">If homework time triggers headaches for the whole family, consider adding a little exercise into the mix. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Doing homework with my six-year-old used to be a struggle every evening.</strong> Both of us dreaded it, and I&rsquo;m pretty sure everyone else in the house did, too. But after a little brainstorming, I realized there was one big thing missing from our evening homework routine: physical activity. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/a-4-step-program-for-happy-homework-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle family fitness kids kids fitness physical education physical fitness recess school Family & Kids Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000 31286 at http://breakingmuscle.com Energy Drinks Are Bad Juju for Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/health-medicine/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju" 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/201501/energydrinkheadline.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">Energy drink consumption is risky for adolescents and you need to know why. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Energy drinks are bad juju for athletes, especially adolescent athletes. </strong>With the exception of studies conducted by the energy drink industry, research and medical articles addressing energy drinks condemn their use by consumers, but in particular, their use by youth.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/health-medicine/energy-drinks-are-bad-juju" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports blood sugar breakingmuscle caffeine cardiac health cardiovascular health energy drinks Family & Kids Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:00:00 +0000 29131 at http://breakingmuscle.com My Favorite Exercise to Get Kids Started in Lifting http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/kids-and-romanian-deadlifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/kids-and-romanian-deadlifts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/9022599656c05086794bo.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">I'm a big believer in starting children while they're young. Here's why RDLs are my favorite exercise. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>I&#39;m a big believer in starting children in fitness and exercise early. </strong>My own son, at three years old, will sometimes play in adult fitness classes doing bear crawls, burpees, and bodyweight lunges with abandon. It&#39;s quite motivating for the adult clients to see a little speed demon streaking in front of them giggling.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/kids-and-romanian-deadlifts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children deadlift family fitness kids kids fitness kids strength training strength training Family & Kids Thu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000 28791 at http://breakingmuscle.com Cuing Kids in the Olympic Lifts: Time to Break the Rules http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts" class="imagecache imagecache-in_case_missed imagecache-linked imagecache-in_case_missed_linked"><img src="http://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201412/91951570352737601c99o.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">Teaching kids how to do the Olympic lifts is different from teaching adults. Change your cues accordingly. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">I&#39;ve taught weightlifting to adults for many years now, while I&#39;ve taught kids for only a handful of years. <strong>But in this time I&#39;ve noticed there are significant differences in how the teaching of weightlifting should be delivered.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>RELATED: <a href="http://bit.ly/1xXbqG6" target="_blank">5 Unconventional Tips for Coaching Kids</a></strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/cuing-kids-in-the-olympic-lifts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle coaching cues kids kids fitness kids strength training olympic weightlifting pull Family & Kids Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000 28466 at http://breakingmuscle.com 4 Exercises to Prevent Knee and Back Pain in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/4-drills-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-drills-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://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/in_case_missed/images/headline/201501/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><!--paging_filter--><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-drills-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://img9.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><!--paging_filter--><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><!--paging_filter--><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://img1.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><!--paging_filter--><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://img6.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><!--paging_filter--><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