Monday, October 21, 2019

NATA Urges Delay of Youth Sport Specialization

OCTOBER 21, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  NATA Urges Delay of Youth Sport Specialization

In anticipation of National Youth Sports Specialization Awareness Week (third full week in October) the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) released an official statement with health-focused recommendations to reduce the risk of injury due to youth sports specialization, which is often defined as year-round participation in a single sport, usually at the exclusion of other sports.

NATA acknowledges sports specialization as an evolving health issue in adolescent and young athletes. Current evidence supports an association between sports specialization and overuse injury in athletes. While current literature has paid more attention to the physical and mental aspect of sports specialization, the psychosocial implications of young athletes continue to be a concern.

NATA supports the following recommendations as they relate to the health and well-being of adolescent and young athletes: 
  • Delay specializing in a single sport for as long as possible
  • One team at a time
  • Less than eight months per year
  • No more hours/week than age in years
  • Two days of rest per weekRest and recovery time from organized sports participation

>> On Board: The statement was endorsed by Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society (PHATS), Professional Soccer Athletic Trainers Society (PSATS), National Basketball Athletic Trainers’ Association (NBATA), Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), and the NATA Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine (ICSM).

>> What They're Saying: “Studies show that young athletes often see specialization as a prerequisite to advancing - making the varsity team, earning a college scholarship or progressing to the professional level,” said NATA President, Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. “When athletes specialize too early, or engage in excessive play, they are increasing the probability of injury and reducing the chances of achieving their goals. We want to help athletes and parents recognize health is a competitive advantage.”

>> Read the official statement from the NATA

2. Net Generation

Congrats to these champions who earned their conference's AQ berth to the NCAA championship.

Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (W)
Franciscan d. Medaille, 5-0

Great Northeast Athletic Conference (W)
Eastern Nazarene d. Johnson & Wales, 5-4

Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (W)
Transylvania d. Anderson, 5-1

Little East Championship (W)

Rhode Island College d. UMass Boston, 5-0

Here's to the winners at the ITA Division III National Fall Championships, held last weekend at Berry College.

Singles (M): Boris Sorkin (Tufts) d. Stanley Morris (Middlebury), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-1

Singles (W): Catherine Allen (CMS) vs. Justine Leong (CMS) to be played on campus

Doubles (M): Matthew Chen/James Hopper (Case Western) d. Bradley Cummins/Brysi Libao (Redlands), 7-6(7), 6-7(8), 6-4

Doubles (W): Catherine Allen/Justine Leong (CMS) d. Sophie Henderson/Kristina Yu (Wesleyan), 6-0, 6-3
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3. Mascot Leads the Way

Winning a college golf tournament at any level is hard enough. Now imagine being a Division III player in a field full of Division I talent and walking away with the hardware.
That’s precisely what Washington University in St. Louis freshman – yes, freshman – Annie Mascot was able to do this week at Arkansas State’s Lady Red Wolves Classic.
The Bears were the lone Div. III team in the field of nine, but that didn’t intimidate Mascot, who shot rounds of 70-71-70 for a 5-under 211, setting a school 54-hole record.
Mascot is off to an incredible start in her collegiate career. In six events, she hasn’t finished outside the top three. The Agoura Hills, California native has three wins, two second-place finishes and a T-3.

>> The Key Stat: She broke the previous school 54-hole record by eight shots.

>> courtesy of GolfWeek

    4. Weekend Review

    Football -
    1. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Southwestern, 33-3)
    2. Mount Union (d. Capital, 66-0)
    3. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-Stevens Point, 38-0)
    4. Saint John's (d. #11 St. Thomas, 38-20)
    5. Wheaton, Ill. (d. Washington-St. Louis, 52-13)
    6. Muhlenberg (d. Ursinus, 45-21)
    7. Berry (lost at Birmingham-Southern, 28-15)
    8. North Central (d. Carroll, 62-3)
    9. Ithaca (d. Hobart, 34-0)
    10. Bethel (d. St. Olaf, 56-10)
    Soccer (M) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Amherst (d. Colby, 2-1 OT)
    2. Calvin (d. Adrian, 2-0)
    3. Franklin & Marshall (lost to Johns Hopkins, 1-0)
    4. Washington and Lee (lost at Virginia Wesleyan, 1-0)
    5. Chicago (d. Brandeis, 1-0; at NYU)
    6. Oneonta (lost to Brockport, 3-2 OT; d. Geneseo, 5-0)
    7. Kenyon (tied Wabash, 1-1)
    8. Claremont-M-S (d. La Verne, 3-1)
    9. Rensselaer (d. Hobart, 3-1; vs. RIT)
    10. Catholic (d. Juniata, 2-0)
    Soccer (W) - United Soccer Coaches
    1. Middlebury (tied Trinity, 0-0; at Amherst)
    2. Messiah (d. Lebanon Valley, 6-1)
    3. William Smith (d. Rensselaer, 1-0; vs. Union)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (d. #21 NYU, 2-1; at Brandeis)
    5. College of New Jersey (d. New Jersey City, 13-0)
    6. Johns Hopkins (d. Swarthmore, 3-2)
    7. Pomona-Pitzer (d. Claremont-M-S, 1-0)
    8. Christopher Newport (d. Mary Washington, 1-0)
    9. Wheaton, Ill. (d. North Central, 1-0)
    10. MIT (d. Coast Guard, 5-1)
    Field Hockey - NFHCA
    1. Middlebury (d. Trinity, 3-2 OT; d. St. John Fisher, 2-1)
    2. College of New Jersey (d. #20 Montclair State, 1-0)
    3. Salisbury (d. #14 Christopher Newport, 2-1 OT)
    4. Bowdoin (idle)
    5. Franklin & Marshall (d. Washington College, 3-0)
    6. Tufts (d. Connecticut College, 8-0)
    7. Rowan (d. Ramapo, 4-3 OT)
    8. Williams (d. #15 Bates, 1-0)
    9. Vassar (d. William Smith, 2-0; lost at Rochester, 1-0)
    10. Johns Hopkins (d. Swarthmore, 5-0)

    Volleyball - AVCA
    1. Emory (d. Hendrix, 3-0; d. Case Western Reserve, 3-1; lost vs. #3 Chicago, 3-1)
    2. Calvin (d. Ithaca, 3-0; d. Elmhurst, 3-0; d. #4 Carthage, 3-1)
    3. Chicago (d. Rochester, 3-0; d. #1 Emory, 3-1)
    4. Carthage (d. #20 Hope, 3-0; lost at #2 Calvin, 3-1)
    5. Claremont-M-S (d. Whittier, 3-1; d. Chapman, 3-0)
    6. Colorado College (d. Schreiner, 3-0; d. Centenary, 3-0; d. Southwestern, 3-1; d. U. of Dallas, 3-0)
    7. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-River Falls, 3-2)
    8. Trinity, Texas (d. JWU Denver, 3-0; d. Austin, 3-0; d. St. Thomas Texas, 3-1; d. Texas Lutheran, 3-0)
    9. Johns Hopkins (d. Swarthmore, 3-0; d. #25 Susquehanna, 3-0)
    10. Berry (d. Rhodes, 3-0; d. Hendrix, 3-1)

    Cross Country (M) - USTFCCCA
    1. North Central, tie (1st at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    2. Williams, tie (1st at Connecticut College Invitational)
    3. Wartburg (3rd at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    4. Washington-St. Louis (5th at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    5. Geneseo (3rd at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    6. Claremont-M-S (idle)
    7. Carnegie Mellon (1st at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    8. Johns Hopkins (2nd at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    9. Pomona-Pitzer (2nd at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    10. Chicago (4th at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)

    Cross Country (W) - USTFCCCA
    1. Johns Hopkins (1st at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    2. Chicago (2nd at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    3. Washington-St. Louis (1st at Kollege Town Sports Invitational)
    4. Tufts (3rd at Connecticut College Invitational)
    5. Williams (2nd at Connecticut College Invitational)
    6. Dickinson (2nd at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    7. MIT (1st at Connecticut College Invitational)
    8. Geneseo (3rd at Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle)
    9. Pomona-Pitzer (16th at Santa Clara Bronco Invitational)
    10. Oberlin (1st at Inter-Region Rumble)

    5.  Play of the Day

    Don't see this every day. A defensive tackle begins his rush, is stopped by a triple-team, retreats into coverage and makes a one-handed interception to seal an upset over a top-20 team. 

    6.  1 Candy Bar Thing

    Food & Wine Magazine put together a list of the 25 most influential candy bars in American history - and you can still buy all of them today!

    Ain't America great?

    >> DYK: The Baby Ruth bar was supposedly named for President Grover Cleveland's eldest daughter - not the famous baseball player. It was originally marketed as an "energy bar."

    >> Worth Noting: It took 26 years for the makers of Mounds to realize that sometimes, yes, you feel like a nut ... and sometimes you don't.

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