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Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part II – The Guidelines

Developing guidelines to address issues apparent in Part I of Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line is certainly easier said than done; the complexities are obvious. What I would like to do is create a starting place, a beginning, from which we (and athletes) can more easily determine the point of performance enhancement that must never be crossed. The hope is to allow athletes the ability to continue striving toward their full athletic potential without risking their character and integrity or their physical/mental/emotional wellbeing.

Performance Enhancement: Where Do We Draw the Line? Part I – The Problem

We could make this simple and just say that using any performance enhancement deemed illegal is where:

> proper athletic training ends and cheating begins

> the attitude of “winning at all costs” exhibits major control

> the eroding of character/integrity establishes a strong foothold

Coping with Injuries in Youth Sports

Angela Ruggiero, US Women's National Hockey Team Member and four-time Olympic medalist, offers advice to parents on what to do when their child is injured in youth sports.

Time Off From Sports Important

Is your child taking a break from sports this summer or, as so many kids do these days, filling up their summer with tournaments, sports camps and showcases? Long-time U.S. Women's National Hockey Team member, and four-time Olympian, Angela Ruggerio says that, even for (and perhaps especially for) elite athletes, taking time off from a sport to rest and maintain motivation is vitally important.

Taking Time Off From Sports Important For Kids, Not Just the Pros

Playing sports and staying fit are important but so, too, is rest. Pro leagues have an off season not to give their players a vacation but because athlete's playing hard need to give their bodies a break. Young athletes are not getting this very important break and the impact on their growing bodies is causing serious harm, physically and emotionally.

Daily Fitness Game Plan for Your Entire Family

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of exercise, active kids and
adults are usually more energetic and happier than those not as active.
Use the University of Missouri  "Children's Activity Pyramid"  to see what kids need each day.

Diving Off Diving Boards Is Dangerous For Kids

Recreational and competitive diving are becoming increasingly popular. A new study warns that diving is actually more dangerous than once thought and in ways not previously appreciated.

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