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A Guide to Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child

Youth sports are a big part of families’ lives today. Although it’s difficult to know exactly how many children in the United States are actively involved in organized sports, it’s estimated that more than 21 million American kids participate in children’s sports on a regular basis. For kids, youth sports represent an opportunity to play a game they love while learning about themselves and their peers. Not only do they get some important exercise and help develop their growing bodies, they also learn valuable concepts such as teamwork, sportsmanship and socialization that will help their emotional and mental development.

Yet none of those benefits can be gained if your child doesn’t stick with his or her sport, which is why it’s crucial to choose the right sport for your child at the beginning. Trying to push a child into a sport that he or she is not ready for can lead to the child abandoning it. Choosing a sport that requires too much of a commitment from a time or financial perspective can mean you may have to pull your child out of it. To avoid these potential problems, refer to the accompanying guide. It can help you choose the right sport for your son or daughter so he or she gets the most out of the experience.


Choosing The Right Sport For Your Child – Answering these questions can help ensure that your child gets the maximum benefit from sports participation.


Does Your Child Like Any Sports More Than Others?

If your son shows an affinity for basketball, or if your daughter has expressed a desire to take up archery, for example, you at least have a starting point to find a sport your child will enjoy.

What Are Your Child’s Physical Traits?

Your child’s physical traits can help determine whether a sport is right for him or her. For example, taller children may excel at basketball, while children who are stockier may find they do better at football or wrestling.

How Old Is Your Child?

Certain sports are better fits for older children because they require more physical coordination, fine motor skills or teamwork. Sports that require complicated strategy such as football, for example, may not be a good fit for younger children.

What Is Your Child’s Personality?

Some kids respond better to pressure than others. Some kids like to be part of a team while others prefer to participate in solo activities. Make sure the sport you sign your child up for is suited for his or her personality.

Do You Have Time for the Sport?

Because many families have busy schedules, some sports with a higher-commitment level for practices and games might not make much sense for them. Some sports such as baseball and softball also sometimes require traveling to tournaments and road games.

How Much Does the Sport Cost?

Some sports such as tennis or basketball don’t require much in the way of equipment, whereas hockey and football need lots of equipment. Always keep your family’s budget in mind when looking into different youth sports.

Is Your Child Having Fun?

Perhaps most important: Make sure the sport your child chooses is one he or she has fun playing. Otherwise, the time, effort and money your family puts into it may all be for nothing once your child decides he or she no longer wants to participate.



Get a Grip on Gymnastic Rips

Rips are a common and painful occurrence in the sport of gymnastics.  From novice to professional, each gymnast will likely experience rips some time during their gymnastics career.

How can you take care of your rips?


1. After workouts, wash your hands with soap and water, and rub unscented hand lotion all through your hands. Use a brand recommended by your coaching staff.

2. Don’t let excess callouses build up. Prevent these by rubbing the areas with a pumice stone. What if your callouses are too new to find? Soak your hands in water for about ten minutes and you will be able to notice areas on the palm that retain a whitish color. These will be the affected areas you will want to rub. Use the pumice stone only as necessary. Do not over-do this process or over-use your pumice stone as this can cause more damage to your hands during workouts.

3. Always keep your hands somewhat moist. Don’t let them dry up, especially outside of the gym.

4. Use a combination of tennis wristbands, gym tape and pre wrap to cover areas of your hands that rub on your grips.

Dealing with a Rip

1. You should remove the excess skin and sterilize using a pair of nail clippers or medical scissors. Cover the rip with over-the-counter antibiotic ointment to allow the rip to breathe.


1. Once new skin has covered the rip, continue using hand lotion as described above. If the rip is allowed to dry up, the skin will crack and you will continue to rip in the same spot.

2. Working out when you have a rip; be sure to tape and protect the rip appropriately before you start practicing. Use ointment to prevent friction from re-opening the wound and cover with pre wrap and gym tape.

3. When you have a rip during competition; before competition keep ice packs on the area of the rip or soak your hands in ice cold water for ten minutes. Be sure that your hands return to normal temperature before you compete.

Who is Aly Raisman?

Today we’re asking… Who is Aly Raisman?

We know the All-Around Gymnastics Olympic Athlete as just that, an Olympic Athlete. But what are her real-life thoughts and opinions on the games and plans for the future? Read some of the excerpts below and follow the links to read more!

Rio de Janeiro – Aly Raisman, 2016


Aly on being a leader;

“Being a leader of this team I think is very important.  I’ll be the oldest.  I’ve been the oldest for a couple of years now and I’m the oldest of four siblings and the oldest at my gym where I train.  So it is really important for me to be a good role model and that these girls look up to me.  But at the same time we’re a team.  We all help each other out. . And just because I’m the team leader, the captain it doesn’t mean that I don’t need their help too. We all work together.”


Aly on the morning after team final in 2012;

“I remember, like, I woke up in the morning to my mom, she texted all five of us in a group message and she was like, “Good morning, Olympic champions!” And we thought it was so cool because we were just like, “Oh my God.” It doesn’t really sink in, but when you wake up in the morning, it just, it doesn’t feel real at all and then it’s like you’re preparing for the next few competitions.”

Aly on the Olympic Spirit;

“The Olympic spirit I think is just unlike anything else in the world.  It’s kind of a time where the whole world comes together and they support their favorite athletes or their favorite team and no matter where you are in the world and no matter what’s going on it’s nice that everyone can just stop and support everyone because I think everyone loves sports.  It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do.  I think everyone shares that love and passion and everyone loves watching sports. So it’s really a lot of fun, especially being from the United States.  We obviously a huge sports country and we’re very successful.  So it’s really cool to be a part of it.”

Rio de Janeiro – Aly Raisman, 2016

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