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Kentucky Goes All in In for Field Hockey at Exciting Kentucky State Chapter Launch Event
On Saturday, April 27, the USA Field Hockey Kentucky State Chapter showcased all that the Kentucky field hockey community has to offer to more than 300 attendees at its Grow the Game Launch Party!
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How to Help Athletes with Disabilities Pursue Sport
If you're the caregiver to an athlete with a disability, it can be a daunting process to help them pursue the sports that they're interested in. However, youth sport can be incredibly beneficial for a young person's development and well-being, regardless of their ability. TrueSport expert and sports medicine physician Dr. Michele LaBotz offers some guidance for caregivers about how to navigate sport if your aspiring athlete has a disability.
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Celebrating the Spirit of Inclusion on International Down Syndrome Day
Today, on International Down Syndrome Day, we celebrate two remarkable individuals whose journeys through Hockey with Intellectual Disabilities, also known as Hockey ID, exemplify the power of inclusion, resilience, and teamwork.
While sport should be a safe place for athletes to grow and thrive, the devastating reality is that there are times when that’s not true. It’s your responsibility as a parent, coach, official, or other present adult to educate yourself and act. Learn more about recognizing, responding to, and reporting abuse and misconduct. Tandem, Social Skills, What Is Emotional Intelligence, Crying Kids, Child Psychologist, Mental Health Crisis, When They Cry, Care For Others, Emotional Intelligence
What is Misconduct in Sport and How Can You Respond?
While sport should be a safe place for athletes to grow and thrive, the devastating reality is that there are times when that’s not true. It’s your responsibility as a parent, coach, official, or other present adult to educate yourself and act. Learn more about recognizing, responding to, and reporting abuse and misconduct.
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2023 USA Field Hockey National Coach Award Winner: Tiffany Cappellano
Following the announcement of all winners, USA Field Hockey is individually highlighting each recipient of USA Field Hockey's 2023 Annual Awards. USA Field Hockey is honored to feature the 2023 National Coach Award winner, Tiffany (Leister) Cappellano.
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2023 USA Field Hockey Grow the Game Award Winner: Amanda Lawson
Following the announcement of all winners, USA Field Hockey is individually highlighting each recipient of USA Field Hockey's 2023 Annual Awards. This week, USA Field Hockey is honored to feature the 2023 Grow the Game Award winner, Amanda Lawson.
You may have noticed electrolyte drinks and drink mixes popping up more in recent years. But does a young athlete really need to supplement their hydration with electrolytes? TrueSport expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, explains what exactly these supplements are providing, if they’re necessary, and what natural alternatives exist. Electrolyte Drinks, Drink Mixes, Natural Alternatives, Electrolyte Drink, Lessons Learned In Life, Young Athletes, Sports Drink, Registered Dietitian, Grocery Stores
Does My Athlete Need Hydration Supplements?
You may have noticed electrolyte drinks and drink mixes popping up more in recent years. But does a young athlete really need to supplement their hydration with electrolytes? TrueSport expert Kristen Ziesmer, a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, explains what exactly these supplements are providing, if they’re necessary, and what natural alternatives exist.
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Do You Know How to Set Goals That Really Matter?
As a coach, you play a large role in your athletes’ lives, and helping them set realistic, meaningful goals as a team and as individuals is one of the most important parts of a successful season. While athletes should feel ownership over both individual and team goals, you can help them optimize those goals so that their wellbeing, rather than winning, is prioritized. Here are some simple steps to help your athletes set goals that matter.
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7 Ways Communities and Systems Can Support Mental Wellness for Student-Athletes
The overall health of a youth sport program is dependent upon organizations and communities taking responsibility and creating change. Read more from TrueSport on the ways different stakeholders can best serve young athletes in terms of mental wellness.
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Athlete Spotlight: Meet Maggie Kutz
Meet Maggie Kutz, the twenty-one-year-old who made history this past fall when she became the first athlete with Down Syndrome to play collegiate field hockey. USA Field Hockey reached out to Maggie, her family, and her coach to learn more about who Maggie is, and her personal experience with field hockey.
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6 Practical Ways Athletes Can Set Goals around Physical Wellness
While it’s tempting to set all your goals for the season around specific athletic performances, goals that are oriented around wellness can make you both a stronger athlete and a healthier human. TrueSport expert Dr. Michele LaBotz shares six simple goals to set around sleep, recovery, nutrition, and strength training that will improve your overall wellness and support your athletic goals.
Athletes today have more inputs and reasons for being overwhelmed than ever before. As a parent, you can help your athlete hone in on what really matters to them. Here are some easy ways to help your overwhelmed athlete set realistic goals. Set Realistic Goals, Realistic Goals, Smart Goals, School Team
How to Help Your Overwhelmed Athlete Set Realistic Goals
Athletes today have more inputs and reasons for being overwhelmed than ever before. As a parent, you can help your athlete hone in on what really matters to them. Here are some easy ways to help your overwhelmed athlete set realistic goals.
If your athlete is struggling with sleep, or is dealing with some mild feelings of anxiety, tweaking their nutrition habits can help. TrueSport expert Kristen Ziesmer offers a few simple suggestions for helping your athlete improve diet & sleep quality. Food Waste Management, Food Wastage, Healthy Bacteria, Raw Food Diet, Variety Of Fruits, Cooked Vegetables, Fruit And Veg, Food Waste, Digestive Health
8 Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Promote Sleep with Nutrition
If your athlete is struggling with sleep, or is dealing with some mild feelings of anxiety, tweaking their nutrition habits can help. TrueSport expert Kristen Ziesmer offers a few simple suggestions for helping your athlete improve diet & sleep quality.
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10 Tips for Balanced Nutrition during Vacation and Holidays
The holidays can be a dietary minefield, especially for student-athletes who are focused on eating a healthy diet. TrueSport expert Kristen Ziesmer shares some tips on how athletes can approach holidays and vacations mindfully.