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Category: Sports

Posted Aug. 24, 2016, 9:40 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
How to Get Started on a Career in Sports Medicine

Sports medicine gives you the opportunity to mesh your love of sports with the wish to work in a health-related career. There are many different degree levels and specialities, ranging from fitness trainers with two-year associate degrees, to physicians with years of medical school specializing in treating sports injuries. Employment opportunities in this profession are expected to expand by 21 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics - one of the fastest rates of growth of any healthcare field. What is sports medicine? In the simplest terms, sports medicine is helping people improve athletic ...

Posted Aug. 9, 2016, 1:37 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Aly Raisman Tumbles to Gold

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we wanted to bring back this gem of an interview with Aly Raisman from our 2013 Life with Teens magazine. Good luck Aly! “Stick it.” That’s what every young gymnast, including my daughters and I hoped to see as we watched the teen tumbling phenom, Aly Raisman, rotate the floor at the 2012 Olympics. And stick it she did. With two air-catching vaults; a perfectly placed landing off the uneven bars; a heart-stopping performance on the beam (and bronze); and the delivery of what is now deemed the “greatest women’s Olympic ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2016, 9:59 a.m. by Bill Higgins | View Comments
How to Rock a Sports Showcase This Summer

Summer camps bring to mind idyllic images of roasting s’mores by sunset campfires and splashing into crystal-clear watering holes. But it’s a different game if you’re a young athlete who wants to sharpen skills to make the high school varsity squad, or you’re already a star looking to showcase talents for college recruiters or for an athletic scholarship. Sports camps come in all shapes and sizes for all abilities, and there are thousands to choose from. So how do you know which will be the best fit for you? We surveyed several experts for tips, including coaches who organize and ...

Posted April 19, 2016, 10 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Start making summer plans

Hurry! Start Making These Summer Plans Now! Throughout most of the year you’ll have a difficult time planning activities with friends or taking on new responsibilities that suck time away from schoolwork. That’s why summer is such a great opportunity for teen internships, travel and community service. You’ve got three months when there are no papers due, no tests to study for, and no commute to school every day. You’ve got lots of freedom, but that means you need to use the time well. Many of my friends wasted their summers away doing little more that hanging out at the ...

Posted March 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Andrew McKernan | View Comments
Why You Shouldn’t be Scared to Post on Social Media

Who’s monitoring what you put online? I know, I know: Everyone from your parents and guidance counselors to teachers and coaches say the same thing. Once you put something up online, it’s hard to take it down. But it’s hard to always keep that in mind when everything, from everyone, is trending online. According to The Guardian, 75 percent of millennials – the generation that includes both you and me – have an account. So while it’s important to make sure you don’t put anything compromising online, and to take down anything questionable as soon as possible, it’s just as ...

Posted Dec. 21, 2015, 9 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
How Caddy Jobs Can Lead to Scholarships

It’s not a plan that would seem to be intuitive: Get money for college by hanging out at the golf course. Especially if you’ve never played golf. But that’s what worked for Joanna Hernandez, now a freshman chemistry major at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. Hernandez, 18, is from the south part of Chicago. Four years ago, she didn’t know the difference between a putter and a driver and had never set foot on a golf green. Now, she’s one of 910 golf caddies receiving full-ride scholarships this year thanks to the Chick Evans Scholarship from the Western Golf Association ...

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 9 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
Three Good Kinds Of Risks to Take In High School

When you’re young, there are lots of risks you want to avoid making: driving recklessly, drinking alcohol, pushing the boundaries on sex, and choosing to ignore school assignments until the day before they are due. With these big topics out of the way, however, there are some risks that are actually good to make as a teenager. You’re learning about the world and exploration, even if it doesn’t lead exactly where you wanted it to go, the possibility of being wrong is worth it. Here are a few examples of risks you shouldn’t regret taking if things don’t turn out ...

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 8 a.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
The Truth About Athletic Scholarships

All parents of an athletic student dream their student will be a star athlete and snag a full-ride athletic scholarship. If your student is gifted in this area, you might think winning that scholarship will be as simple as catching the eye of a college, getting an offer, and signing on the dotted line. Neither of my children were athletic, but I have to admit while they were in high school, I wished they were; then all our financial worries of paying for college would be over. Nothing could be further from the truth. The odds are poor In fact, ...

Posted Oct. 29, 2015, 8 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
How To Do OK On The Sports Team If You’re Not A Natural Athlete

If you don’t like playing sports or don’t feel exceptionally good at them, then mandatory participation - true at many high schools - can be your worst nightmare. That’s especially true if your school doesn’t offer an easy out like walking (yes, my high school had this as a “sports” option). The fear of stepping up to bat or putting on a lacrosse mask might every day be your idea of the worst ever. Even if you’re not looking forward to the season, here are a few tips to help you do an OK job and maybe even grow to ...

Posted Oct. 27, 2015, 8 a.m. by Casey Hoke | View Comments
Jumpstart Your Resume by Thinking Outside the School

Ah, high school. Seven hours of sitting and taking in all you can for that diploma to set you on your way to new horizons. Of course, you may have a great high school with opportunities to take part in the arts, advanced STEM, communications or a mix of disciplines. But even with with that, you may feel the need for something else to catapult you further in your career, or even just to spice up that college resume. I was a visual arts major during my four years of high school and took more than 11 classes in different ...

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