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3 Exercises to Improve Bat Swing Speed

2017-01-19T15:14:53+00:00

  After good hand-eye coordination, a powerful swing is a batter’s best friend… and a pitcher’s worst nightmare. If you are looking to add distance to your hits, you need to add speed to your swing. These three exercises can help you do just that: For your legs: Barbell Squats Your swing starts in the legs. Strengthening your legs will help you generate more power from the beginning of your swing. There is no better lower body strength-building exercise than the classic barbell squat. Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width, take a deep breath, and descend until your [...]

3 Exercises to Improve Bat Swing Speed2017-01-19T15:14:53+00:00

5 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn Through Sports

2016-12-15T15:22:29+00:00

It’s no secret that youth sports are a great way to get kids physically active, but its benefits go beyond that. Believe it or not, sports teach fundamental values and principles that extend far beyond the playing field. Here are five life lessons any children can learn through youth sports: 1. The value of hard work. Nothing in life was ever earned without hard work, and the same holds true in the world of sports. Your child will quickly learn that if they want to be the best player, they need to be the hardest worker. 2. Setting and achieving goals. [...]

5 Life Lessons Kids Can Learn Through Sports2016-12-15T15:22:29+00:00

Ten Tips for a First-Time Youth Sports Coach

2016-12-09T16:43:56+00:00

Coaching a local youth sports team can be one of the most fun and rewarding experiences you will ever encounter, but it isn’t easy. Here are ten tips to help ease the load on first-time coaches:   Safety first. The safety of your athletes should always be your top priority. Teach them the importance of protective equipment, proper playing technique, hydration, and warming up before physical activity.  Be patient. Remember that you are coaching children. This isn’t the big leagues, and mistakes are going to be made. All you can do is not get frustrated by these mistakes, and use them as [...]

Ten Tips for a First-Time Youth Sports Coach2016-12-09T16:43:56+00:00

Study Tips for Student Athletes

2016-11-04T17:00:01+00:00

The life of a student-athlete isn't easy. Balancing academics, sports, and a social life is enough to fluster even the most organized of people. One common problem among student-athletes is the lack of focus they put on academics. Since most of us won't go pro in our sport of choice, school is going to take you as far in life as you let it; so use these tips to do well and go far.   • Utilize your time on the road. As an athlete, you spend time on the road traveling to away games each week. This travel time is [...]

Study Tips for Student Athletes2016-11-04T17:00:01+00:00

Helping Your Young Athlete Avoid Burnout

2016-10-13T14:43:34+00:00

Sports are supposed to be a fun and exciting activity for children; a healthy hobby that lets them escape from their problems. But sometimes, the high expectations, long training sessions, and year-round specialization can make sports feel more like a job than a hobby. This often leads to burnout. Burnout is a natural response to chronic stress which many young athletes go through when they no longer find sports enjoyable due to increased physical and psychological demands. This almost always leads to withdrawal from the sport, sometimes permanently. Risk Factors Your child is most likely to experience burnout if the following [...]

Helping Your Young Athlete Avoid Burnout2016-10-13T14:43:34+00:00

Top 10 Most Popular Youth Sports in America

2016-10-11T12:57:18+00:00

Youth sports are a great way to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle for your children. In addition to all of the health benefits and life lessons that sports offer, studies also show that kids who participate in sports at a young age tend to earn better grades and have better social lives than those who do not. Not to mention how much fun they are! If your child is interested in playing a sport, they are not alone. According to EngageSports.com, there are more than 45 million children ages 6-17 who currently participate in at least one sport, with basketball being the most popular [...]

Top 10 Most Popular Youth Sports in America2016-10-11T12:57:18+00:00

How Youth Sports Pave the Way for Academic Success

2016-08-12T13:17:34+00:00

Youth sports are more than just a great way to encourage your child to be physically active. They are fun, teach life lessons, open the door to new friendships, and can even promote success in the classroom. It's true, recent studies are finding that physical activity and participation in youth sports can actually lead to improved academic performance. There are a few reasons for this, including: • Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain. Exercise opens up the blood vessels in the brain, promoting increased blood flow and oxygen delivery. This translates into improved focus and cognitive ability. • Improved [...]

How Youth Sports Pave the Way for Academic Success2016-08-12T13:17:34+00:00

The Do's and Don'ts of Parenting an Athlete

2016-08-03T14:39:45+00:00

Encouraging your children to play sports is one of the best things a parent can do. Unfortunately, sometimes this can get taken too far. If you put too much pressure on your child, they will grow to resent their sport, and you, instead of enjoying it. Here are a few do's and don'ts to help you be the best sports parent you can be. DO support your child as much as possible. You should be your child's number one fan. Your support means the world to them, so make sure you give it to them whenever possible. Watch every game, applaud [...]

The Do's and Don'ts of Parenting an Athlete2016-08-03T14:39:45+00:00

Summer Workout to Help You Stay in Shape

2016-07-06T16:08:52+00:00

Dedicated athletes know that there is no such thing as an “off season”. While many high school players will be relaxing and vacationing over summer break, you can use this time to get a leg up on your competition. Follow this summer workout routine from Insports Centers to take your talents to the next level: Monday • Barbell Squats: 4 sets – 12, 10, 8, 6 reps • Barbell Bench Press: 5 sets – 5 reps • Barbell Rows: 3 sets – 8 reps • Laying Triceps Extension: 3 sets 10 reps • Barbell Curls: 3 sets – 10 reps • [...]

Summer Workout to Help You Stay in Shape2016-07-06T16:08:52+00:00

Why the Multi-Sport Athlete is Still King

2016-06-07T14:26:13+00:00

  With the amount of offseason training programs, camps, clinics, and leagues, it is becoming increasingly easier for athletes to specialize in one sport – but should they?   The old adage says that practice makes perfect, so wouldn't it make sense to focus in one sport from a young age, instead of spreading yourself out too thin? In theory, yes, but in practice, maybe not.   Take a look at some of these statistics that show how advantageous it can be to participate in multiple sports: • Out of 128 NFL quarterbacks that were surveyed, 122 played at least two [...]

Why the Multi-Sport Athlete is Still King2016-06-07T14:26:13+00:00