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Youth Basketball Basics

Basketball is a fast paced game that requires endurance, speed, strength and hand-eye coordination. It is one of the most popular sports world-wide, with over one million boys and girls playing high school varsity basketball, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations. For parents new to the game, here's what you need to know.

Youth Basketball: When To Start, What The Rules Are, and How To Stay Safe

Children can start learning the very basics of basketball from kindergarten to third grade. However, 5-6 year olds still are not ready to play on a team. During this time period parents and teachers can teach them to throw, bounce, and catch the ball. Parents can buy a kiddie hoop so that they can practice throwing the ball into the net; at this age, they are too small to actually dribble the ball and have more fun throwing it anyway.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics: Athlete-Mothers Rising In Numbers

In many sports, the Olympics have progressively been undergoing a quiet revolution, one in which women, most specifically ones that are mothers, are still competing at the highest level in their sports well into their thirties. Tina Thompson, 33, the first pick in the WNBA's first draft in 1997, and mother of three year old son Dylan, is a woman who exemplifies this new movement.

Lisa Leslie: First-Time Mom One Year, Four-Time Olympian The Next

Four-time Olympian, WNBA star and new mom, Lisa Leslie is arguably the finest female basketball player to ever play the game.

Basketball Injury Statistics For Boys

According to a study of high school basketball players by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA):
Twenty-two percent of all male basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year.

Replacing Athletic Shoes Recommended Even If No Signs of Excessive Wear

Because the mid-sole material of an athletic shoe takes a pounding and eventually loses its ability to provide your child's foot with adequate support or cushioning, experts, such as Dr. Michael Lowe, past President of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, and long time team podiatrist of the NBA's Utah Jazz, recommend periodic replacement of athletic shoes, even if the bottom sole shows no sign of excessive wear.

Basketball: Equipment Needs Are Minimal

Basketball equipment needs are minimal: sneakers, mouth guard, and ball.

Youth Basketball: Injury Prevention Tips

Each year, more than 1.6 million basketball-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and hospital emergency rooms. Here are tips to help prevent basketball injuries.

Injuries Patterns In Girls' Basketball

Twenty-three percent of all female basketball players sustained at least one time-loss injury each year...

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