Family &amp; Kids http://breakingmuscle.com/taxonomy/term/1173/all en Youth Athletes on the Bench: It's Not Always a Bad Thing http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/youth-athletes-on-the-bench-its-not-always-a-bad-thing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/youth-athletes-on-the-bench-its-not-always-a-bad-thing" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201505/jeanneheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">The next time your child is on the bench, don't freak out. Instead, embrace what it will teach them. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">As a coach and trainer, as well as a parent of youth athletes, I am going to take a deep breath, throw my shoulders back, and yell out the unthinkable, <strong>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not always bad for a youth athlete to sit on the bench!&rdquo;</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Before you become outraged, hear me out.</strong> This article will identify appropriate reasons that your child may be sitting out, how to use sitting out to your child&rsquo;s advantage, and when and how to speak to the coach about your child sitting out.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/youth-athletes-on-the-bench-its-not-always-a-bad-thing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Children competitive sports youth athletes youth coaches youth sports Family & Kids Sat, 09 May 2015 21:00:00 +0000 151761 at http://breakingmuscle.com What Parents Need to Know About Osgood-Schlatter Disease http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-parents-need-to-know-about-osgood-schlatter-disease <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/what-parents-need-to-know-about-osgood-schlatter-disease" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img7.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/kneesheader.png" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Keeping an eye out for this particular knee pain common to youth athletes is critical for both parents and coaches. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Knee aches and pains are expected in an athlete&rsquo;s training, but how does an athlete or parent know if the pain is a normal part of conditioning or if it is something more?</strong> This article will explain Osgood-Schlatter disease and its cause, discuss its symptoms and diagnosis, and offer various at-home treatments to alleviate Osgood-Schlatter knee pain.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/what-parents-need-to-know-about-osgood-schlatter-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle growing pains joints knee pain legs Family & Kids Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000 151291 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Ways to Cultivate Healthy Competition in Young Children http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-cultivate-healthy-competition-in-young-children <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-ways-to-cultivate-healthy-competition-in-young-children" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/20150411142349.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Competition can be ugly during early childhood. How can parents of young children get them started on the right foot? </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>It was finally Saturday morning, the day my four-year-old had been waiting for.</strong> The day of her first Highland dance competition, a tangible sign that she had become, in her words, &ldquo;a real dancer.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-cultivate-healthy-competition-in-young-children" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle competing competitions competitive sports family kids kids fitness kids sports Family & Kids Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000 151216 at http://breakingmuscle.com Preventing Repetitive Stress Injuries In Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/preventing-repetitive-stress-injuries-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/preventing-repetitive-stress-injuries-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201504/jeanneheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Don't head into sports season with your youth unprepared to deal with the prevention of stress injuries. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Weekdays and weekends are finally filled with spring sports for youth athletes, but <strong>what happens if a child or teen is not conditioned for the amount of practices and competitions the team has scheduled?</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">This article will <strong>define repetitive stress injuries</strong>, discuss their causes, address the means to prevent these injuries, and identify the common types of repetitive stress injuries.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/preventing-repetitive-stress-injuries-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle injury stress fractures youth athletes youth development youth sports Family & Kids Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 150816 at http://breakingmuscle.com Breaking Up With Your Child's Coach: It's Not You, It's Me http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/coachingheader_0.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Discover how to identify if it's time to find a different coach for your child and what steps to take. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Spring sports have just started and many athletes will be returning to their local teams with the same teammates and same coaches.</strong> But what happens when your child has outgrown his or her coach?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">This article will explore why youth athletes outgrow their coach, signs that a youth athlete needs to move on, and how to help that athlete transition to a new team.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/breaking-up-with-your-childs-coach-its-not-you-its-me" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle coaching competitive sports youth athletes youth development Family & Kids Sun, 29 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 150351 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Tips for Running With a Jogging Stroller http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/img4071.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Running with an extra fifty-plus pounds isn't easy. Here's how to fix some of the most common mistakes. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Every time I see a parent running with a stroller, I send them a mental high five.</strong> It takes willpower to work out with kids, and I commend anyone who chooses to push an extra fifty-some pounds while doing it.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;">It&rsquo;s also easy to slip into bad form while running &ndash; let alone walking &ndash; with a stroller. <strong>So, here&#39;s a guide on how to run with a stroller in a way that maximizes efficiency and minimizes injury risk.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-tips-for-running-with-a-jogging-stroller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> babies breakingmuscle kids mothers parenting runners running walking Family & Kids Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000 150241 at http://breakingmuscle.com 7 Reasons Youth Athletes Need to Strength Train http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img2.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/108680988772733989984463820583068938658709n.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">From injury prevention to motor development, strength training needs to be part of any young athlete's training. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Young athletes are sustaining injuries they never should because we are not properly preparing them for the sport they are playing at the intensity they are asked to.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter"><span style="font-size:18px;"><img alt="" class="imagecache-full_width" src="http://img.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/full_width/images/bydate/201503/shutterstock234264442.jpg" /></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/7-reasons-youth-athletes-need-to-strength-train" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle motor learning sports sports psychology strength youth youth development youth sports Family & Kids Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 149991 at http://breakingmuscle.com The 2 Coaching Styles: Choose What's Best For Your Kid http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/coachingheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">If you're wading through the mess of choosing a coach for your child, don't worry, there's help. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>All coaches are not created equally. This is good - most of the time.</strong> So how do you choose the right coach for your child? This article will define two main types of coaches, what you can expect from each type, and how they might best suit your child&rsquo;s sports needs.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-2-coaching-styles-choose-whats-best-for-your-kid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching kids kids sports Family & Kids Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:00:00 +0000 149891 at http://breakingmuscle.com The Decline of Physical Literacy in Kids: What Can We Do? http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/shutterstock116018668.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">It is no secret that children’s movement skills and physical literacy have been in steady decline in recent years. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><div> <span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Many people look to weightlifting as their last chance for sporting salvation</strong>. They assume there will be few athletic skills needed, but that they can still get strong. Parents may remember &ldquo;that big Russian&rdquo; from decades ago and conclude that his sport would be ideal for their overweight child.</span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div class="rtecenter"> </div><p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/the-decline-of-physical-literacy-in-kids-what-can-we-do" target="_blank">read more</a></p> breakingmuscle Health kids learning movement physical fitness skills survival youth Family & Kids Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000 149766 at http://breakingmuscle.com 5 Ways to Develop the Fighting Spirit in Youth Athletes http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-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/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-in-youth-athletes" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img5.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201503/spiritheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Get youth athletes headed in the right direction and keep despair at bay. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>Being a parent is tough.</strong> In addition to feeding, clothing, and taking care of the physical needs of a child, you are also responsible for developing their mental strength. <strong>In fact, developing mental strength and a fighting spirit is one of the most important things a parent can do.</strong></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/5-ways-to-develop-the-fighting-spirit-in-youth-athletes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle coaching competition competitive sports youth athletes Family & Kids Sun, 08 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 149611 at http://breakingmuscle.com Avoiding the Bad Coach: A Parent's Guide http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-headline-image"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd"><a href="/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img9.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/coachingheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></a></div></div></div><div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item odd">Trust your instincts and identify the warning signs of a coach who is on the wrong track. </div></div></div><!--paging_filter--><p><span style="font-size:18px;">Spring sports are around the corner, and if you haven&rsquo;t already found your child&rsquo;s coach or if you aren&rsquo;t happy with your child&rsquo;s current coach, then this article is for you. This article will reveal some of the warning signs of a bad coach and assist you and your child in avoiding a painful sports season.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://breakingmuscle.com/family-kids/avoiding-the-bad-coach-a-parents-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> adolescent sports breakingmuscle Children coaching competition competitive sports Family & Kids Sat, 28 Feb 2015 13:00:00 +0000 98701 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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img8.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/shutterstock43251532.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/20150216103819.jpg" alt="" title="" width="300" height="188" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img4.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201502/youthheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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 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-300x188 imagecache-linked imagecache-300x188_linked"><img src="https://img3.breakingmuscle.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/300x188/images/headline/201501/bonesheader.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-300x188"/></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