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15 Games Every American Kid Should Play

Let the kids play. Modern children are over-scheduled and overprotected, leaving them little time for fun and games. Yet play is essential to ra...

The Sedentary Youth Athlete: Is Your Child Moving Enough?

Students here in my home state of Vermont have already enjoyed three snow days this month. If you're unfamiliar with cold weather states, snow days...

Sleep: The Totally Legal P.E.D. Most Teen Athletes Totally Ignore

Sleep is one of the most overlooked ingredients in sports. I spent 13 years coaching at West Point and I saw firsthand the difference that proper s...

You May Be 'Stuck' in Extension. Here's Why It's Disastrous for Performance

If you can't relax, you can't recover. If you can't recover, you can't handle more training volume. If you can't handle tougher training, your p...

Less Than Half of American Children Get Enough Sleep Each Night. How Do We Fix It?

How much sleep is enough for children? According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nine hours a night is the magic number. New research pre...

Do Kindergartners Really Need 30 Minutes of Homework a Night?

Do kindergartners really need homework? If you polled most Americans, the answer would likely be a resounding no. Yet a 2015 study found that Ameri...

Does Walking With a Weighted Vest Help You Lose Weight?

The first time I saw it, I wrote it off as an anomaly. But then I saw it again. And again. And again. Totally normal people walking around in pu...

Why Kids Need to Roughhouse

Kids have always loved roughhousing. Boisterous, physical play is ingrained in their DNA, and when you get two or more kids around each other for l...

How Heavy Is Too Heavy for a Kid's Backpack?

With screen time at an all-time high and unrestricted outdoor play at an all-time low, kids' posture is worse than ever. One other factor causing m...

The Shocking Phenomenon That Shows Just How Movement-Starved Modern Kids Really Are

The serene interior of an elementary school classroom. Sunlight streams through the windows as a teacher scribbles basic arithmetic on the board. Some...

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