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USATF National Championships
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Flex athletes win Nationals
JUGGLING OUR KIDS’ ACTIVITIES - HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?
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Registration begins October 1st for Greensboro Parks & Recreation’s citywide Youth Basketball League for ages 5-16! To register, contact the recreation center in your area, or call (336) 373-3268.
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Tom Brokaw calls them the “The Greatest Generation.” Included in their numbers are the thousands of young men and women who left behind their loved ones, their farms, their factories, and everything that was near and dear to them to serve our country during World War II. Many traveled to faraway lands - to Europe, to Northern Africa, to the South Pacific - and returned with an enlightened perspective, and maybe a greater appreciation for the things they had left behind. Hal “Skinny” Brown is a member of that generation. Brown, who went on to become a major league baseball player, served in the Army Air Force during WWII. I recently had the privilege of meeting Mr. Brown for a profile in the Local Sports Legends section in this issue. He is a remarkable man. Over the years I’ve known many men and women from the WWII era and have always been fascinated by their strength of character. They seem to have a highlydeveloped sense of duty, of loyalty, of integrity, and family. But one of most striking characteristics of Mr. Brown and his generation is their humility. Skinny Brown was a celebrity in his day but looking back, he says, “It’s unbelievable, it’s like it wasn’t even me.” It may have been another time, but it sure would be nice if kids today had more people like Skinny Brown to emulate. Here is a guy who played during baseball’s Golden Age, with some of the best baseball players to ever play the game - guys like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Ted Williams – and he was one of them. After his playing days were over, Brown returned to Greensboro where he quietly operated his heating and air conditioning business and raised a family in the house where he and his wife still live today. Kids can learn a lot from people like Skinny Brown – and more than how to grip a knuckleball – although he’d be the right guy to talk to about that, too. Today we live in a different world, but the values that Brown and his generation held dear - things like honesty, humility, and perseverance transcend time. I’m sure we’d be a lot better off, not only in the world of sports, but as a society, if there were more people like Skinny Brown. Fortunately, there are still plenty of solid, honest, hard-working folks out there to keep the wheels turning. Many of them are involved in youth sports. Some of them you may know, others you can read about in this issue - or in future issues. Youth sports is often a child’s first experience in working with others in a group or as a team. Thank you to all the parents, coaches, and supporters for making that early sports experience a positive one for today’s youth. If we go about it in the right way, if we use youth sports to develop strong, healthy values along with strong, healthy bodies, we may be able to produce future generations of Skinny Browns - and other like him. Enjoy!
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GYHA 8U Mites Hockey
GYHA 10 U Squirts Hockey These Greensboro Youth Hockey Association (GYHA) ice hockey teams battled to win Gold Medals at the NC STATE GAMES on June 21st in Charlotte.
Front: Middle: Back:
Nathaniel Barr, Gavin Bathgate, James Willoughby-Ray, Don Johnson (G), Matt McMillen (G), Jake Humble, Ulrich Ritter, Philip Lamendola Liam McMillen, Krandle Conner, Tristan Cannoy, Wyatt Pressley, Justin Barry, Lazarus Ritter, Robert Richter, Jake Doran Coach Chris Bathgate, Coach Tony Conner, Head Coach Elson Eckler, Coach Derek Ritter
Gaters 8U Basketball
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Roster: Landon Sutton, Chandler Cuthrell, Kameron Gavin, Keyshaun Langley, Kobe Langley, Zach Chesnet, Christopher Daniel, Walker Harris, Luke Dobson, Jackson Dobson, Logan Thompson and A’mag Tate.
Gaters 16U Basketball left to right: David Lowery Dillion Cochran Juan Young Randall Davis John Howes Mike Wolf James Milliken Braxton Cotten Pearlie Jones Nassar Omar Zack Sowell Trey Chandler Justin Glover Bryce Gibson
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Goalie: Front: Middle: Back:
Spencer Albright Christopher Posacki, Michael Richter, Brian Bolinsky, Keegan Spours, Kyle Conover, Kyle Adams Kellen Posacki, Alex Eckenrod, Trent Rich, Win Ring, Connor Taylor, George Blankenship, Robert Graff. Head Coach Keith Spours, assistant Coaches Aaron Graff and Paul Conover
Gaters 10U Basketball
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left to right: John Newman, Brian WIlliams, Kameron Langley, JP Moorman, Drew Kowalewski, Tyeren Melton, Jeremiah Praylor, De’Shaun Taylor, Kobe Langley, Tyrece Cheek, Brendan Kowalewski, Keyshaun Langley Head Coach: Stan Kowalewski, Assistants: Jaquar Moorman and Keyford Langley
Gaters 17U Select Basketball Roster: Dylan Berry Kyle Berger Michael Neal Jacob Lawson Asad Lamot Victor Dillard Carlos Rankins John McBeth Justin Mitchell JR Gant Daniel Downing Jonathan Frye Christian McCain Patrick Chandler DC Arendas Brandon Mayfield Head Coach: Stan Kowalewski, Assistants: Fernando Cole and Mike Fulcher
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Jamestown Mustang All Stars
TOPS Baseball 11-12 City Champs
Roster: Front: Middle: Back:
Nick Goard, Caleb Smith, Michael Kennedy, Nick Kimbrough, Garrison Thornton, Ballard Greene Shane Holland, Kyle Blendinger, Dillon Zomparelli, Cameron Dunn, Justin Payseur, Mason Chu Coach Kimbrough, Shane Archer, Coach Greene Not pictured: Devon Biddle, Coach Blendinger
Summerfield Blue Pinto All Stars
Front: Middle: Back:
Justin Carlin, Cade Darnell, Beck Foster, Matthew Cotter, Edmund Kayhko, Riley Redmon Grey Bellenkes, Jake Knapp, Sam Kaplan, Davis Leonard, Zach Wilkins, Greyson Droste. Jeff Leonard, Chris Redmon, Head Coach Jason Darnell, Tim Cotter and Scotty Wilkins
Summerfield Mustang All Stars
Front: Middle: Back:
Gray Walker, Ben Marlow, Drew Lake, Stan Dymek Paul Coady, Hunter Pegg, Harrison Bachman, Cameron Auger, Zack Shields Coach Kenny Marlow, Grayson Fields, Mike Elwood, Coach Stan Dymek. Head coach Donny Lake Not pictured: Tom Cruickshank and Troy Lake
Pella Stokes, Messiah Henderson, Dante Miller, Matthew Howell, Cesar Trejo, Justin Timmons, Miles Timmons, Reginald Cheston, Drew Cone, Elyjah Harris, Thomas Johnson, Beau Eger, Olando Burgess, Josh Fewell, Devon Upshur. Coaches: Don Henderson, Pella Stokes
TOPS Baseball 9-10 “A” City Champs
Ellis Stokes, Torre Stokes, Justin Guy, Jaylen Guy, Desmond Hargroves, Christian Butler, Chaise Hill, J.J. Cone, Ronnie Donnell, Kobe Phillips, Tyrel Ragsdale, Pablo Ramirez. Coaches: Pella Stokes, Marcus Guy, Wayne Phillips
TOPS Baseball 9-10 “B” City Champs
DeAndre LeSane, Mark Ogelsby Jr., Keilahn Smith, Rehan Goldston, Myles Berry, Myles Edringston, Savion Watt, Tyreek Boler, Joshuea Lindsay, Derek Greene, Colton Hefner. Coaches: Shawn Guy, Chris Smith
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PROFILES Lucy Pearce Sport: Swimming
Age: 10 School: Canterbury School Favorite Coach: Christina Rogers and Chrissy Olsen Favorite Pro Team: Carolina Panthers Favorite College Team: UNC Tarheels Favorite Movie: Kicking and Screaming Favorite Music: Taylor Swift Favorite Subject: Math Favorite Teacher: All of the Canterbury teachers Favorite Book: Nancy Drew series Favorite Pet: My dog, Millie Favorite Color: Lavender Favorite Achievement: Winning two gold medals at the NC state swimming championship. Other interests: Playing Twisters soccer, basketball, tennis, reading, art, hanging out with my friends.
HEAD IN THE GAME!
NC Gaters will host four week Fundamental Hoops Clinic for kids 8-14 North Carolina Gaters AAU Basketball will host a four week Fundamentals Basketball Clinic at the Gaters’ practice facility in the Spears YMCA off Horse Pen Creek. The camp will be run by area high school and Gater coaches and is divided into three age groups, 8-10, 11-12, and 13-14 year olds. Each age group will meet for a twohour evening session each week for four consecutive weeks beginning in the last week of September. Individual sessions will stress ball-handling, offense, defense, and fundamentals in action. The 8-10 year old clinics will be held on Mondays with the first session on September 28th. The 11-12 year old clinics will be on Tuesdays with the first session on September 29th. The 13-14 year old clinics will be on Thursdays beginning October 1st. All sessions are from 6-8 pm at the Gater Gym. For more information including clinic fees, visit: www.gateraau.com.
Champions of all ages at
Flex Tae Kwon Do
Flex Tae Kwon Do offers martial arts training for both kids and adults. At the recent AAU National Championships, these Flex Tae Kwon Do students brought home the gold. Milady Jene 17yr old Western G.H.S. Senior 3rd Dan Black Belt, Training 12 yrs. 1st Place Gold in Forms 16-17 2Black Belt Female division • Cheryl Rankin 42yr old N.C.A&T Graduate 1st Dan Black Belt, Training 2.5 yrs. 1st Place Gold in Forms 2nd Place Silver in Sparring 35-44 Black Belt Female division ®
This win makes Milady a six time National Champion. Milady helped guide Cheryl, under GrandMaster Clarence Franklin’s instruction, to a Gold Medal in her first national event. Both have trained exclusively under GrandMaster Franklin at Flex Tae Kwon Do Center.
GREENSBORO SWIMMING NEWS... The Greensboro Swim Association’s Myles Oliver The Greensboro Community YMCA (GCY) sent ten won the Men’s 100M Freestyle at the NC Senior swimmers to the NC 14 & U State Championships. Long Course Championships held in Charlotte, They included: Safiyyah Abdullah, Randy Chen, July 23-26. Oliver also placed 2nd in the Men’s Alec Hider, Isaac Klinger, John Min, Stuart Moffitt, 50M Freestyle. Other GSA medal winners Regina Robertson, Libby Seay, Caty Ubertini, included Christoph Berger, Natalie Labonge, andJoanna Williams. The group performed nicely, Hannah Martin, Kate Riley, and William Ruhm. placing high in several events. ••• The men’s 400M Medley relay team earned Congratulations to the following swimmers who silver and the 400M Freestyle relay team placed qualified for the YMCA Long Course National 3rd. As a team, GSA placed 6th against the 24 Championships. That group, picured below, teams that competed from across the state ••• included Izzy Brassfield, Safiyyah Abdullah, Joanna Williams, Isaac Klinger, Clara Wynn, Natalie Labonge, 13, and Lucy Pearce, 10, of The Alison Simon, Chad Burton, and Daly Brower. Greensboro Swimming Association (GSA) are North Carolina State Champions after winning events at the NC 14 & Under Long Course Swimming Championships held in Cary, July 16-19. Labonge won the 13-14 Girls 200M Freestyle and Pearce won both the 50M and 100M Backstroke events for 10 & Under Girls. Also swimming at the state meet for GSA were: Halle Beeler, Sam Caccamo, Clay Hering, Mackenzie Hirsch, Olivia Johnson, Jeremy Jones, Jared Martin, Erin Morton, Molly Osborne, Jonathan Rogers, Jake Skigen, Emily These GCY swimmers qualified for the recent Tuskey, and Parker Zieg. YMCA Long Course National Championships.
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Don’t forget to mark your calendars for October 17. Get Healthy Guilford will host the first annual Tour de Health. There will be 62 mi, 31mi and 15 mi rides leaving from Grove Winery, traveling through the rolling farms and vineyards between NE & SE Guilford County during peak leaf season. See beautiful NE Park and stop for a the best ice cream around at the Homeland Creamery. Door prizes from Cycles de Oro. The event ends with a delicious pasta lunch and a glass of wine. Visit GetHealthyGuilford.com for registration details.
Fall Recreational Soccer Guilford United Futbol Club and Proehlific Park have partnered for Fall Recreational Soccer. Practices for the new Fall League began in early September. Games begin on September 12 and end October 24. The league is for boys and girls ages 5-12, with games on Saturdays at Proehlific Park. To learn more, check the Guilford United website at: www.gu-fc.org
Some of them won’t turn four for a month or so, but they wear their tiny soccer shoes and shin guards, Green and White jerseys and kick their soccer balls around the plush green soccer fields at Bryan Park every Sunday afternoon. A couple fields over, gray-haired men prove you are never too old to play soccer. They run some, walk a lot and enjoy every minute of it. Scattered throughout Bryan Park, teams of elite youth players compete against teams from all over the state and region. With players from age 3 to 73, playing recreationally or competitively, Greensboro Youth Soccer, a 35-year-old organization, offers soccer programs for all shapes, sizes and ages. “We are proud to provide a soccer program for anyone who wants to play,” says GYS Director of Coaching Chris Little. “We have a program for Under4s and Over-50s, as well as everything in between. And we work hard to make sure every player is playing at the level appropriate for him or her.”
To ensure every player can play at an age-appropriate and skill-appropriate level, Greensboro Youth Soccer has six levels of play beginning with recreation for ages four to 18. Recreation teams play eight week seasons and are coached by parents. “Our parent coaches do a great job with the kids,” says Marc Nicholls, the club’s Technical Director. “You can see the improvement players make in a short period of time. It’s very encouraging to watch. For a lot of the kids, it’s their first time playing soccer, so our recreation program is designed to give the kids a solid foundation in the game. There is a heavy emphasis on skill development.” The GYS recreational season begins in September. Players who register
are put on teams based on where they live and where they go to school for convenience and car pooling purposes. All players are registered through the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, which provides insurance coverage and other benefits. Additionally, each adult – coaches, assistant coaches, referees and administration – undergoes a nationwide background check as part of the NCYSA mandated Risk Management program. “We pride ourselves on providing a safe, fair and fun environment for kids to play soccer,” said Nicholls. “We subscribe to the US Youth Soccer Recommendations for small-sided games, which limits the number of players on a field based on age. That way, everyone gets to touch the ball more and at the younger ages, that’s the most important thing.” Players wishing to play Recreational soccer with GYS, can register online by going to www.greensborosoccer. org and clicking on the “Recreation” tab. For more information, call the GYS office at 358-8030 or email info@ greensborosoccer.org.
TRAIN for GO... not for SHOW by Rob Walsh, Managing Director
The Parisi Speed School at The Clubs of Oak Branch and Green Valley Take a minute to leaf through any of the popular fitness magazines on the news-stand you’ll find pictures of men and women posing with bodies built beyond belief. You’ll also find the so-called programs and “diets” they follow to get that way. If you go to your local gym or high-school weight room you’ll find many athletes training off those programs or something very similar. They use single joint fixed path exercises to isolate a muscle. While this is great for muscle isolation, it is relatively useless in athletics or for that matter life in general. The truth is that most of the programs in those articles are not designed for performance or lifestyle enhancement, but rather for the sport of bodybuilding. For the purpose of sports performance enhancement, whether general or specific, the primary exercise(s) should involve several muscles or muscle groups and NOT be isolating any particular muscle. How many sports can you name where only one muscle is worked in isolation? I can’t think of any. All sports movements require multiple muscle groups to work simultaneously to execute a specific sports skill or task. Name any movement in any sport and you’ll see that force is generated throughout the entire kinetic chain not from one specific muscle. Your body is required to stabilize, balance and generate force all in an instant on the field or court so it is imperative that you prepare your body to do so.
Sample Workout Sequence A sample workout for sports performance, that utilizes the concept of training muscle groups together would look like this: 1. General/Specific Warm-up (Including Foam Rolling, Flexibility and Mobility Training) 2. Core Preparation 3. Specific Movement Preparation 4. Primary Exercise(s) using multiple muscle groups 5. Secondary Exercise(s) using multiple muscle groups 6. Corrective Exercise(s) or Pre-Habilitative Exercise(s) in isolation or multi-joint 7. Core Strength 8. Specific Metabolic Conditioning 9. Flexibility Training Are you confused by all the misinformation or acute variable associated with performance training? Call to schedule a Free Performance Evaluation or attend one of our Free Speed and Conditioning Clinics to learn more about how you can overcome your specific limitations and what is “The Fastest Way to Become a Better Athlete!”
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It’s hard to beat a great nickname like Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsh The world of sports has had more than its share of colorful nicknames. Some names reflect a physical attribute or personal style, others are based on rhyme or alliteration, and some are more like titles bestowed on our sports idols. Nicknames derived from physical appearance include tags like “Lefty,” “Shorty,” “Pudge,” or just about any name that includes the word “Big.” “Big Papi” fits David Ortiz perfectly. 6’10” Randy Johnson gained fame as “The Big Unit.” At 6’6” and 300 pounds, Eugene “Big Daddy” Lipscomb terrorized quarterbacks in his day, as did Ed “Too Tall” Jones. Despite their relatively small size, Nate “Tiny” Archibald and Harold “Pee Wee” Reese were big-time players. Craig “Ironhead” Heyward didn’t really have an iron head but he
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had the perfect name for a fullback. Based on his nickname, Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsh must have had some terrific moves. Walter “Sweetness” Peyton had some incredibly sweet moves of his own. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe and Clyde “The Glide” Drexler had rhyming nicknames. So did “Neon” Dion Sanders, Stan “The Man” Musial, “Mean Joe” Green, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajawon, and one-time Marquette point guard, Dean “The Dream” Meminger (sort of). Some great island nicknames belong to ex-quarterback Jack Thompson, “The Throwin’ Samoan” and baseball player Shane Victorino, “The Flyin’ Hawaiian.” One of my favorite rhyming nicknames of all time belonged to the great NFL defensive back Dick “Night Train” Lane. His name caught on after a newspaper account of a tackle he made in an exhibition game stated: “Dick ‘Night Train’ Lane derails Charlie ‘Choo Choo’ Justice.” In the alliterative category you’ve got Ted Williams - “The Splendid Splinter,” Red Grange - “The Galloping Ghost,” and “Gallopin’ Gale” Sayers, aka “The Kansas Comet.” “Pistol Pete” Maravich, “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, “Marvelous Marvin” Hagler, and “Joltin’ Joe” Dimaggio also fall into this catchy name category. Dimaggio was also assigned a title: “The Yankee Clipper.” The most famous Yankee slugger of all, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, was given several nicknames, including “The Sultan of Swat” and “The Great Bambino,” among others. Yankee great Lou Gehrig was called the “Iron Horse” and later Reggie Jackson became ”Mr. October.” Yankees aren’t the only ones with grand titles.
Muhammed Ali dubbed himself “The Greatest,” and it stuck. The outspoken fighter was also known as the “Louisville Lip.” Hockey fans revere Wayne Gretzky as “The Great One,” and Michael “Air” Jordan, or “MJ” was crowned “His Airness.” With the possible exception of golf’s Eldrick “Tiger” Woods, probably the most recognized nickname of all belongs to Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Basketball has always had great nicknames like “The Big O” - Oscar Robertson, “The Big Dipper” - Wilt Chamberlain, “The Round Mound of Rebound” - Charles Barkley, “The Human Highlight Reel” - Dominique Wilkens, “Chocolate Thunder” - Darryl Dawkins, “The Ice Man” - George Gervin, “The Mailman” Karl Malone, “The Human Eraser” - Marvin Webster, and let’s not forget “Dr. J” - Julius Erving. “Bonecrusher” Smith. What a perfect nickname for a heavyweight boxer - both descriptive and intimidating. “Sugar Ray” Robinson and “Sugar Ray” Leonard were terrific fighters, too, but their names don’t strike fear in the same way as those of “Hit Man” Hearns, “Boom Boom” Mancini, “Rocky” Marciano, James “Lights Out” Toney, or “The Raging Bull” - Jake LaMotta. Some names just sound cool - names like “Broadway Joe” Namath, “Cool Papa” Bell, John “Bad Dude” Stearns, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Cedric “Cornbread” Maxwell, and “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier. There is even an appliance category with William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson, and Gilbert “The Hibachi” Arenas. Some people don’t need nicknames. Legendary spitball pitcher Burleigh Grimes’ given name said it all. Likewise, you can’t do much to improve on a name like that of former Nebraska running back - I.M. Hipp.
TOP 10 player nicknames from baseball’s past! We live in an age when baseball nicknames are dominated by hyphenated abbreviations. If your last name happens to be Rodriquez, you’re stuck with ARod, K-Rod, or I-Rod. Same with basketball where you have J-Kidd, T-Mac, and D-Wade. Or football, with safe, uninspired monikers, like A.D. and T.O. But baseball has long been known for its clever and colorful nicknames. With many great ones to choose from, here is a list of our Top 10 Favorites:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6 7. 8. 9. 10.
Catfish Hunter Oil Can Boyd Shoeless Joe Jackson Blue Moon Odom Mudcat Grant Dizzy Dean Cool Papa Bell Spittin’ Bill Doak Hammerin’ Hank Aaron Scrap Iron Courtney
Others receiving consideration included Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Stan the Man Musial, Three Finger Brown, Wahoo Sam Crawford, Bucketfoot Al Simmons, Wee Willie Keeler, Happy Jack Chesbro, Bonehead Merkle, Boom Boom Beck, Highpockets Kelly, Smokey Burgess, Black Mike Cochrane, Mitch Wild Thing Williams, Roger the Rocket Clemens, Charlie Hustle - Pete Rose, The Mad Hungarian - Al Hrabosky, Walter Big Train Johnson, and of course, The Say Hey Kid - Willie Mays.
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SWIMMING 2009 FINAL TEAM STANDINGS 1 Friendly Frogs 2 Gcc Blue Dolphins 3 Lake Jeanette Lightning 4 Sherwood Swim & Racquet Club 5 Hamilton Lakes Hornets 6 Elks Club High Point 7 Green Valley Park 8 Elks Club Greensboro 9 Ridgewood Riptide 10 Grandover Swim & Racquet Club 11 Oak Ridge Swim Club 12 Cardinal Country Club 13 Adams Farm Swim Team 14 YMCA Bears 15 Pinetop Piranhas 16 Southeast Tigersharks 17 Henson Forest 18 Lawndale Lizards 19 Sedgefield Country Club 20 Battle Forest Barracudas 21 Starmount Stingrays 22 Bur-Mil Marlins 23 Forest Oaks Hammerheads
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GCC Blue Dolphins finish a close second followed by Lake Jeanette Lightning. WHO LET THE FROGS OUT? Not only was that a message on the T-Shirts of many of the Friendly Swim Club boosters gathered at this year’s City Swim Meet but that was the question on the minds of many of the opposing clubs, as well. Frog swimmers swarned the Lindley Park Pool to regain the city championship trophy that had eluded them the past two years. In this closely contested frogfight, Friendly slipped by the Greensboro Country Club, which had won the city title the past two years and was making its bid for a three-peat.
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Natalie Labonge (Friendly) Kristin Diemer (Oak Ridge) Catherine Buchholtz (Lawndale) Safiyyah Abdullah (YMCA) McKenzie Cole (YMCA) Eric Rosenbower (Lake Jeanette) Issac Klinger (Southeast) Ben Snider (Ridgewood) Lucy Pearce (Greensboro CC) (Golden Swimmer Awards are earned by winning three individual events.)
2009 Record Breakers Safiyyah Abdullah (YMCA) Girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke, 32.59 Caitlin Casazza (High Point Elks) Girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke, 31.54 N. Harris, E. Auten, C. Ubertini, N. Labonge Girls (Friendly Frogs) 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay, 1:58.70 G. Hertweck, J. Mitchell, C. Duncan, G. Hudnell (Friendly Frogs) Boys 9-10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, 2:05.84
Friendly Frogs grab city swimming meet championship!
Friendly Coach Ed Gomez with swimmers Maddie Billings and Isabella Romine.
Friendly relied on its usual balance and depth to amass the winning total. The Frogs got huge assists from its 9-10 boys, its 11-12 girls, its 15-19 boys and its 15-19 girls. Those groups, won seven out eight of their relay events and got second in the other. Friendly was also helped by three-event winner, Natalie Labonge, along with seven other individual event winners in various age groups. The Greensboro Country, led by its own Golden Swimmer, Lucy Pearce, and several strong relay team finishes, including wins in both freestyle and medley relays by its 9-10 girls. Those performances along with individual wins by several other Dolphin swimmers kept the meet close throughout. The outstanding performance of its team in the Thursday session, with three Golden Swimmers, gave a strong indication of the Blue Dolphin’s depth. One of the biggest surprises of the meet was the third place finish by Lake Jeanette. Eric Rosenbower, a repeat Golden Swimmer (along with Friendly’s Labonge and Southeast’s Isaac Klinger), was the leading scorer for the Lightning. A strong group of 8U girls and 11-12 boys also helped the Lake Jeanette cause by sweeping the relay events in each of those categories, and adding key wins
and high finishes in several individual events. There was a tight battle for the next several spots - 4th through 9th place were separated by just over 200 points. Sherwood Swim and Racquet Club, led by its group of 8U boys, edged out Hamilton Lakes for the fourth spot. There were also several outstanding individual performances throughout the weekend. Those earning Golden Swimmer distinction are listed in the column to the left. The YMCA was the only team with multiple Golden Swimmers in the Friday and Saturday sessions with a pair of 12 year olds, Safiyyah Abdullah and McKensie Cole, winning their three individual events.
Three Friendly Frogs hop in the pool. Abdullah broke the meet record in the girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke. Caitlin Cassaza of the High Point Elks then bettered the city mark in the girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke. Two Friendly relay teams also broke meet records (see chart). Congratulations to all swimmers and coaches who participated in this year’s City Swim Meet.
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ALL BALL suggests different things to different people. Many of us assoc be had in the Greensboro area. Several organizations offer tackle footbal flying around area parks, playgrounds, and gyms this time of year. In addition to fo November. Others play fall soccer with any of several area soccer organizations. T into ball sports? There plenty of fall sports that don’t involve a ball. Cross country sports have already been completed but if you’re interested in playing this season o in the right direction. Contact information for many of our area youth sports organiz or organization is not listed or needs to be updated, please contact SportsKidsPlay®
FOOTBALL There are a number of youth football programs in and around Greensboro. The city of Greensboro’s Parks and Recreation has offered a youth tackle football program for several years. Many of the players who started playing in the city’s youth program have gone on to play in middle school, high school and beyond. There are several teams to choose from – many are affiliated with the various recreation centers throughout Greensboro while others are private organizations. There are also Pop Warner Football groups like the Oak Ridge Colts and the newly-formed Greensboro Giants. Some of the surrounding towns offer youth football, too. The Southeast Sharks from the Pleasant Garden area have a youth football teams that participate in the North Carolina Central Piedmont Football Association league. Teams from the Ragsdale YMCA that compete in this league. The Stokesdale Patriiots are part of the Rockingham County Youth Football League. There are also flag football leagues at area YMCAs, at Proehlific Park and through some church-sponsored organizations, like the Lawndale Baptist Upward program. Many of these same organizations have cheer programs, as well.
BASEBALL Fall baseball can be found throughout the Triad. Baseball organizations like AAU, USSSA. and Triple Crown host baseball tournaments for travel teams of all ages on most weekends during the fall. You can find team contacts by visiting the organization’s websites or on postings at the local batting centers. In addition to the many independent teams, local businesses like the Greensboro Batting Center, The North Carolina Baseball Academy, and Proehlific Park sponsor teams in several age divisions. The Spears YMCA has fall recreational baseball in five divisions, from age 4-6 T-Ball, to age 11-13 Kid Pitch.
LACROSSE Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in North Carolina with interest in the sports is growing each year. The Triad Youth Lacrosse Association (TYLA) has fall programs for boys and girls of all ages during September and October.
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ciate fall ball with football season - and there is plenty of youth gridiron action to l while others have flag football programs. But you’ll see a lot more than footballs ootball, some Greensboro kids are still playing baseball well into October and even There are also youth programs available in lacrosse, field hockey and volleyball. Not and swimming clubs are in high gear during the fall season. Sign-ups for many fall or in the future, most youth organizations are happy to hear from you and guide you zations can be found at www.sportskidsplay.com under Sports Links. If your league ® newspaper and we’ll add you to our list or update your current listing.
SOCCER Soccer is another popular sport in the fall. In Greensboro, the Greensboro Youth Soccer Association has recreational programs for all ages and various skill levels. The Guilford United Futball program also has a variety of programs including a new fall recreational program at Proehlific Park. The Jamestown Soccer Club and the Piedmont Triad Soccer Club of High Point/Kernersville are other organizations offering soccer opportunities for area youth. Many of the smaller surrounding communities, like Archdale, Oak Ridge, and Pleasant Garden, have recreational soccer programs, too. YMCA programs at many of the branches, as well as church-based programs are other available options. The YMCA of Greensboro’s Kiddie Kickers/Youth Soccer program, for example, has three age groups for ages 3-9. The Greensboro Sportsplex offers indoor soccer programs throughout the year, including its Soccer Tots program that introduces toddlers to the game. Please contact these groups to learn more about their programs.
FIELD HOCKEY The Greensboro Youth Field Hockey League has already begun its tenweek fall season. League practices began August 23. The league includes five teams of girls ages 1018 divided into three 10-12 teams and two 13-18 teams. Contact GYFH if you’re interested in learning more.
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VOLLEYBALL The YMCA of Greensboro has a girls volleyball league in the fall. The league has three divisions: 4th-5th Grade, 6th-8th Grade, and 9th-12th Grade. Games will be played in September with a tournament in October. Proehlific Park is also offering a fall league for girls ages 10-16.
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PARENT PART THREE OF A SERIES:
The Parent Problem in Youth Sports
Knowing Your Role By Keri A. Stokes, MS, LAT, ATC, LMT
t is no secret that sport acts as a medium through which America’s youth have learned more than just how to play the game; sport teaches our youth about things in life that are much bigger than themselves. It helps develop an attitude that strives for respect, fairness, dedication, discipline, teamwork, integrity, self-confidence, delayed gratification, grace, and fun. This attitude is contagious and young athletes want to catch it from their all-star role models, bringing them one step closer to becoming the best that they can be. When you, as a parent, hear about role models, you probably think of famous athletes like David Beckham, Lance Armstrong or Brandi Chastain. Give yourself some credit, you’d be surprised at just how much a role model you are to your child. All through their experience in sports children develop as athletes and people as a direct result of three sources of influence: coaches, peers and you guessed it - parents. In part one of this series, we discussed the importance of parents trying not to “over-identify” with their kids. This helps reduce stress on both children and parents and, more importantly, decreases the ever-growing rate of burnout in youth sports. In part two of this series, we talked about the importance of communication and being a positive role model for our children when communicating with them, their coach, and from the sidelines. In part three of this series, we are going to talk about the role of parents in effectively supporting our children through various stages of athletic development.
play the role of chauffeur, team parent, coach, athletic trainer and/or spectator. Although parents are encouraged to be both directly involved and supportive during these early years, always exercise your parental rights, along with some common sense. You don’t want your 8-year-old participating in so many sports that he or she doesn’t have time to do homework, spend time with family or just be a kid!
The Middle Years The next stage of sport development is termed the “middle years” or what some youth
sport experts like to call the “specializing years.” It focuses on the participation and sports development of children, ages 13-15. At this stage, children sometimes begin to concentrate on one or two specific sports or activities. Around this time your child is entering middle school and may decide to try out for the school team, which is broken down into seasons. Your child may no longer be able to play both football and soccer, or volleyball and basketball, or baseball and lacrosse because of the overlap in seasons. Entering middle school opens up a whole new world of activities and sports. Your child may decide to try a new sport, or may play just one or two sports so they can participate in other activities like chorus, marching band or student government. And, oh yeah, they may decide to limit their sports and activities due to an increase in the load of school work they have! During these years the role of a parent begins to shift. Parents are less directly involved and become more of a supporter. Parents should encourage their children to become more involved in non-sport activities both inside and outside of school. This may help when it comes time to apply for college. As a parent you should
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The Early Years The “early years” or what some youth sport experts like to call the “sampling years” focuses on the participation and sports development of children, ages 4-12. The main focus is on experiencing fun and enjoyment through sport. At this age, children are encouraged to participate in a wide range of sports. Involvement in a number of different sports has many benefits for a young and growing child. It helps to further develop basic motor skills. It decreases the chance of overtraining, muscle overuse, and injury. It teaches the value of healthy dietary plans and nutrition. And it decreases the rate of burnout. During these early years you should give your child a number of choices and be supportive in whatever activities they choose. Being a supportive parent during the early developmental years grants your child a freedom to decide what they want to play and how often they want to participate. A parent’s participation during these years tends to be that of leadership and direct involvement. You should not only encourage your child to participate in a number of sports or activities but at some point you will probably
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The Later Years The final stage of sport development is termed the “later years” or what some youth sport experts like to call the “investment years.” It focuses on the participation and sports development of adolescents 16 years of age and older. During these years, athletes begin thinking about what their future holds and whether or not sports will continue to play a role in their lives. For those who want to become college student-athletes, it’s time to understand the commitment necessary to achieve an elite level of performance. It’s a time for serious decisions like what teams to play on, whether or not to seek out more specialized training, and what colleges to start looking into. By this age, athletes have begun to identify with their specific sport. They also start having more complex emotional needs and find it important to have friends both inside and outside of sports. Your role as a parent has now shifted to the opposite end of the spectrum. You now have an indirect involvement and have become a fullfledged supporter, follower and spectator. The best thing you can do at this stage is to fully support your child while providing an optimal learning environment for them to grow into a young adult.
Conclusion Although we’d like to think it’s possible, let’s face the facts. We’re not all raising the next Lebron James or Mia Hamm so we need to support our children in whatever it is they choose to do. Love them for who they are and who they will become. Be proud of their successes no matter how big or small and stand by them until they reach whatever dreams they may be striving for. I don’t have children yet so I don’t know what it’s like to be a parent but I like to think I’ve learned from the best. One thing I know for sure is that when I become a parent I will always be my child’s #1 fan no matter how old they are or what path they take in life. The NCAA says it best, “There are over 380,000 student-athletes, and just about every one of them will go pro in something other than sports.”
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Local sports Legends
Major League Pitcher
Hal Brown By Bill Martin
Hal Brown was born in Greensboro in 1924. He was a middle child in a large family of eight children and his father worked in the cotton mills. Growing up, Brown played little league baseball and, like many kids, dreamed of playing in the big leagues. Later, Brown played shortstop and pitcher and was a standout hitter for two Greensboro Senior High School state championship teams! After graduating from high school in 1942, Brown was picked up by the Boston Red Sox who agreed to send him to the University of North Carolina to play shortstop for Bunny Hearn – a Red Sox scout. His brother was drafted into the military earlier that year so Brown decided to delay his baseball career and instead enlisted in the Army. For the next three years Brown served in the United States Army Air Force as a gunner on a B26, flying air support for the infantry in Europe. (In a strange twist of fate, Brown twice ran across his brother while in Europe. His brother was also stationed in Europe - in General Patton’s infantry division.) “I grew up around the cotton mills,” Brown said, “I hadn’t ever been anywhere else, but in three years I saw New York City, London, Paris, and Berlin. I was just outside of Berlin when they surrendered. The army let up and let Russia go in first. Our army could have been there before the Russians.” Fortunately, both brothers made it home safely in 1945. After his three years of military service, Brown, or “Skinny” as he was sometimes called, contacted Hearn about playing ball. Now 21 years old, Brown was sent to the Durham Bulls of the Carolina League. From 1946 to 1950, Brown traveled through the Boston farm system playing for Roanoke, Durham, Louisville, and Seattle. In 1950 Brown was traded to the White Sox where he made his big league debut in 1951. The White Sox traded Hal to Boston in 1953 and he finished 11-6 for the Red Sox in his first extensive major league season. After falling to 1-8 in 1954, Brown was traded to
the Baltimore Orioles where he played until 1962. Through 7 1/2 seasons in which few Oriole pitchers had winning records, Brown compiled a 62-48 mark. By the time he was sold to the Yankees in 1962, only Milt Pappas with 65 had more wins as an Oriole pitcher. Skinny Brown was a master of his craft. Not only was he an excellent fielding pitcher, but what set him apart from most were his uncanny control and a devastating knuckleball. Brown was known for pinpoint accuracy. In thirteen seasons Brown faced nearly 7,000 batters. During that time he recorded only 14 hit batsmen (some intentional), and 37 wild pitches. Throughout his career he averaged a meager 2.1 walks per nine innings pitched. According to Brown, “the object of pitching is to throw off the hitter’s timing. Moving the ball around and changing speeds is what makes pitchers successful.” Brown had an assortment of pitches – a fastball, curve, slider, and change-up – to keep the hitters off balance and to set up his knuckleball. “I usually threw the knuckleball,” he said, “when I was ahead of the hitter. It helped me in a lot of ways. A lot of good hitters swung at pitches a little off the plate to stay away from the knuckleball.” Brown had many memorable highlights during his major league career. He once threw a one-hitter against the Yankees. The only hit allowed in the 4-1 win was a first inning solo home run by Mickey Mantle. (Mantle hit seven home runs off Brown during his career - but none with anyone on base.) Brown fondly remembers getting Roger Maris to hit one back to the mound when the Yankee right fielder was one homer away from Babe Ruth’s record. In 1961 he pitched 36 consecutive scoreless innings - an Orioles record. Included in that streak were three complete game shutouts! Brown once pitched eight innings of nohit ball in relief. Unfortunately, the Oriole’s starting pitcher had given up 5 runs in the first inning, and
the Cleveland Indians, with Herb Score on the mound, won 5-1. Brown knew his way around the batter’s box, too. His first big league win came in a game where he faced Bob Feller. Not only did Skinny Brown get the victory but he helped himself with a home run off the Hall-of-Famer! Skinny Brown finished his career playing two seasons for the Houston Colt 45’s. In Houston he was the winning pitcher in the first Sunday night game in major league history. In the game, he teamed up with Dick Farrell to shutout the Giants 30. It was another notable highlight in a professional career that spanned three decades. During those years Brown faced some of the toughest hitters in the history of the game – Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and one-time teammate Ted Williams – but one of the toughest outs of all was Yogi Berra. “People used to say that Yogi was a good bad-ball hitter,” said Brown, “but I’d tell them, ‘You should see what he does with a good one!’” In Brown’s day, players didn’t receive the huge salaries they do today. During the off-season, players often had a second career. Skinny ran into his old Lindley Junior High School principal, Ed McBane, at a high school football game in 1951. McBane had been selling coal for furnaces since 1943 and was getting into the heating oil business. Brown asked McBane for a winter job. Realizing that having a big league pitcher delivering your heating oil could be good for business, McBane agreed. For the next several winters Skinny came back to Greensboro and worked for the McBane Oil Company. In 1955 Brown formed a partnership with Ed McBane and McBane’s son, Joe. Until his retirement three years ago, Brown remained an active partner in McBane and Brown Heating and Air Conditioning. To this day customers still call him with heating and air conditioning questions. Brown helped coach young pitchers at both Baltimore and Houston during the spring. He later
had the opportunity to stay on as pitching coach at Houston but at 40 years of age decided to return to his family in Greensboro. Family has always been the center of his life. Brown has been married to his wife, Maxine, for 62 years and has two daughters, Suzanne and Lisa. He also has four grandchildren - one just graduated from law school and another graduated from Wake Forest last year - and a great grandchild on the way! While he’s been out of professional baseball for many years, Skinny Brown has stayed close to the game. He helped coach Junior Legion baseball in Greensboro and for several years coached a little league team at Hamilton Lakes. As a youth coach he tried to make sure that every kid got a chance to play. One of the main things that he stressed with his young ballplayers was teamwork; always remembering that you are part of a team. Teamwork was important to Brown during his playing days and is “something that I feel very strongly about.” When Brown was inducted into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame in 1991, Bob Maisel wrote: “Hector Harold “Skinny” Brown might not have been the most talented pitcher the Orioles ever had, but none worked harder at this trade, got more out of his ability, or was a more dogged competitor.... Throughout the years we have come to appreciate the Orioles as a sort of blue collar team that achieved its major successes through team play and hard work. Few ever demonstrated those qualities better that Skinny Brown.”
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Juggling our kids’ activities can be an overwhelming task. At some point we begin to ask...
Simple techniques to help athletes cope with stress
HOW MUCH... IS TOO MUCH? There are many worthwhile, healthy, mind and body building activities in which kids can participate. It’s sometimes difficult to sort through the various options and decide not only what’s best for your children, but what makes sense from a scheduling and financial standpoint. For many of us, youth sports are at the center of this dilemma. At various times of the year, kids can be involved in football, basketball, soccer, swimming, gymnastics or one of any number of other sports that kids play. Depending on the level of commitment, practices can vary from once a week, to nearly every day – and sometimes more than once a day! And that’s just the sports piece. Many kids are also involved in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, and other youth clubs and organizations. For others there are music lessons, play practices, recitals, and you name it. All offer benefits but also heavy commitments of time, energy, and resources. And don’t forget about homework! During the school year we often need to take a fresh look at budgeting our time. There are school projects, after-school math clubs, chess clubs, reading clubs, and the list goes on. When a child reaches middle school the time commitment for school-based activities intensifies. At some point parents begin to ask the question, “How much is too much?” Families struggle daily to juggle their children’s activities. Sometimes our plans work but inevitably schedules overlap and something has to give. While we do our best to help children participate in an ever-expanding number of activities, it soon becomes clear that you can’t do it all.
by Bill Martin
In today’s world it seems that specialization in sports, music, and other activities occurs at a very early age. We may not like it, but often scheduling demands it, and in some cases, coaches demand it. While there are some who manage to excel in multiple activities, the time commitment, along with an often significant financial commitment, forces most families to make some tough choices. It is sometimes pointed out that young athletes subjected to rigorous training, combined with coaching and parental pressures, drop out of their sport. I’m sure this is true with many but I also feel that, in some cases, it’s the parents who either “burn out” or consider the costs-benefit ramifications and decide to either drop an activity or diminish their child’s level of commitment. So how much is too much? Most would agree that the bottom line in youth activities is for kids to have fun. Children’s activities should also develop skills, build friendships, and teach valuable lessons in teamwork, sportsmanship, and character. If a child’s activities are manageable, and are providing a positive experience, enjoy the ride. If not, it might be time to evaluate your situation and take a hard look at your options.
“Relaxation is an experience. It’s a state of physical and mental stillness characterized by the absence of tension and anxiety.” - Joann Dahlkoetter, Ph.D., well-known author and expert on mental training for athletes These days the lives of many young athletes have become a competitive frenzy. Not only are they participating in year round intense by Jennifer Gapin sports programs, but they are also trying to excel academically. Add to this the desire (and pressure) to participate in other activities—and it is no wonder that more and more young athletes are simply stretched too thin. Not only are they participating in more programs than ever, but the commonly held belief is that they need to be a superstar in every activity they commit to. Many teachers, parents and coaches don’t realize what children are going through and many athletes themselves don’t realize the effects of mounting stress on their performance. For example, you forgot your homework, got in a fight with a friend, didn’t get the lead role in the school play, and you have an important soccer game later that day. How do you shake off that other stuff and get psyched up for the big game? Being able to use stress management techniques is critical for leaving stress off the field and being able to play your best. Relaxation is often a trait that gets underemphasized, yet it can make a big difference in performance. Many athletes, particularly at the elite levels, work hard to find ways to achieve relaxation. Below are some simple mental skills to use to help alleviate stress and get prepared for competition. Remember that these are skills, so you need to practice them for 5-10 minutes a day to stay sharp. Deep breathing: Inhale slowly through your nose, drawing air deep into your lungs. Hold your breath for about 5 seconds, then release it slowly. With each exhalation, imagine that you are getting rid of any stress or fatigue that might prevent you from performing your best. Focus only on each breath. Repeat the exercise 5-10 times. Progressive muscle relaxation: Isolate and contract muscle groups, creating tension for 8 -10 seconds, and then letting the muscles relax and the tension go. Concentrate on the feel of the muscles, specifically the contrast between tension and relaxation. In time, you will recognize tension in any specific muscle and be able to reduce that tension. Use words/phrases as you progress through the muscle groups: Relax, Let it go, It’s OK, Stay calm. Common muscle groups used are:
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Visualization: Capitalize on the power of your imagination. Close your eyes and picture a peaceful place or a happy event from your past. Use all of your senses to create a vivid picture and imagine stress flowing away from your body. In times of stress, particularly when confidence wanes, it also helps to visualize success. As sport psychology consultants we often advise athletes to imagine themselves achieving success - completing a pass, serving an ace, or scoring a goal over and over. Then when it comes time to compete, you can recall your stored images to help calm your nerves. Dr. Jennifer Gapin is a sport psychology consultant and Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology at Barry University in Miami, FL. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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Concussion in Sports by Adam Kendall, M.D. Adam Kendall, M.D.
What is a concussion? That is actually a very good question. Other names often used interchangeably for concussion are mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) or mild brain injury. Young athletes will often describe it as having their “bell rung”. Several definitions have been proposed by various groups describing the injury pattern involved with concussions. The most simplistic way to think of it is a traumatic brain injury resulting in functional but no structural changes to the brain. This last part is controversial as some authors argue that a few minor structural changes occur in a concussed individual. These functional changes show up as physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms. Why do we care about concussions? Every athlete involved in contact sports gets his or her “bell rung” periodically without any long-term damage, right? I mean if no structural damage occurs then there is nothing to worry about. Well, the first reason that we care about this entity is that it is actually more common than most people think. Sports such as ice hockey, American football, and soccer among others have a high incidence of concussion. However, an exact prevalence of concussion is not known due to under-reporting. One study in 2005 reported that as many as 88% of concussions go unrecognized. The lack of obviously recognizable signs and symptoms combined with the athlete’s desire to continue participation are a few reasons that this number is so high. In addition, the sequelae involved with concussions can be quite severe and rarely life threatening. The most serious lasting effect of a concussion is the possibility of second impact syndrome. This clinical entity occurs when a second head injury occurs before the initial concussion symptoms have completely resolved. The second head injury results in brain dysfunction and swelling leading to death within a few minutes. Due to the small number of cases exact causality is
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difficult to prove. However, the significant consequences of this potential catastrophic event lead medical providers to be extremely cautious in concussion cases. Other clinical sequelae associated with concussion include post-concussion syndrome, depression, memory deficits, and dementia pugilistica. Post-concussion syndrome involves ongoing symptoms of concussion that can last weeks, months, and even years. Rarely the symptoms will become permanent. Dementia pugilistica is a chronic brain injury which can lead to symptoms similar to Parkinson’s disease, slowed mental processing, memory and speech problems, tremors, and inappropriate behavior. This most often occurs in boxers who have suffered multiple concussions from repetitive blows to the head. How do we recognize when an athlete is suffering from a concussion? Well, there is often a dazed or slightly disoriented look that appears on the face of the athlete. They also typically have other signs including a headache, confusion, dizziness, vision disturbance, event-related amnesia, nausea and vomiting, and inability to follow directions. Loss of consciousness may occur with a concussion as well but is not necessary for a diagnosis. The management of a concussion is also a highly debated topic. However, a few common themes are present in the literature. First, a concussion needs to be managed by medical personnel familiar with the diagnosis, treatment options, and complications associated with a concussion. Additionally, an athlete will need to be cleared by a physician prior to returning to play. Finally, a step-wise, monitored return to play protocol is the most commonly used method to safely return an athlete to competition.
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Xavier Jones of the Greensboro Champions raced to a gold medal in the 400 Meter Run at the USATF National Championships. Jones also placed 2nd in the 200 and 5th in the 100 Meter Runs. Former Olympic Champion Carl Lewis speaks to the athletes gathered at the Opening Ceremonies of the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
The USA Track & Field National Junior Olympic Championsips were held at North Carolina A&T’s Irwin Bell Track in Greensboro last month. Over 6,000 of the finest athletes in America competed in five age groups. Track luminaries Carl Lewis, Dan O’Brien, and Joanna Hayes were on hand during the five day event. Several local athletes from Greensboro area teams qualified to compete in the National Championships. They included the following: The Greensboro Champions are pictured here at the Opening Ceremonies with Olympic Champion Joanna Hayes (third from right in the back row).
Two Champions: Xavier Jones with Olympic Decathlon Champion Dan O’Brien
Greensboro Champions: Davidson Arrington, Jasmine Baskerville, Jessica Farr, Briana Haith, Alexis Hall, Dejah Hayes, Jered Henderson, Xavier Jones, Ethan Morris, Tatayna Prueter, Kristin Rush, Kiara Scott, Bre’Anna Warren.
Greensboro Blazers: Imani Abraham, Yasmine Bailey, Kevin Rice. Greensboro Pacesetters: Destiny Davis, Frances Dougherty, Taylor Dunn, Sade Harrison, Kayla Leach, Cortne McClain, and Tess Wynn.
Platinum Sports Academy: Devin Foust, Derek Linder, Anna Smith, Andrew Stout, Carl Walton, Lorenzo Walton.
The following athletes reached the medal stand by finishing in the top eight:
Platinum Sports Academy was well-represented at the 2009 USTF National Junior Olympics. Pictured left to right are: Lorenzo Walton, Devin Foust, Derek Linder, Anna Smith, Andrew Stout, Carl Walton and Coach Jonathan Sherbourne.
400 Meter Run
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Tayor Dunn of the Greensboro Pacesetters races to the finish line in the finals of the 1500 Meter Run.
Bre’Anna Warren displays the strength and form that led to her Bronze Medal in the Shot Put. Warren also placed 4th in the discus and recorded personal bests in both events.
Greensboro Pacesetters Frances Dougherty
1500 Meter Run
Greensboro Blazers Imani Abraham
Greensboro Pacesetters Frances Dougherty and Tess Wynn posed with their medals after placing in the 2000 Meter Steeplechase.
Bre’Anna’s proud parents, Thomas and Robin Warren, and brother Tory were on hand to cheer her on.
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2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover was in town recently participating in the the Wyndham Championship. While in the area, Glover, a Greenville, SC native and former Clemson University golfer, stopped by Greensboro’s Velocity Sports Performance to promote its new Titleist Performance Institute Training Program. Golf fitness training expert Randy Myers of Titleist was also on hand, along with Mark Beshears, a certified Titleist trainer who will run the program at Velocity Sports. He and his trainer, Myers, demonstrated some of the training Lucas Glover visited with Mark Troutman of Velocity Sports techniques that contributed to Glover’s emergence as one of the top golfers in Both encouraged serious golfers of all ages the world. He attributes much of his success to to begin a golf-specific training program with the golf-specific training program developed by a certified golf trainer. Mature golfers with Myers and the Titleist Institute. The program flexibility limitations are perfect for training stresses flexibility, balance and speed. According programs but golfers as young as 10-years-old to Glover, “flexibility is more important than are also candidates for golf fitness programs if strength” and some of the stretching exercises he they are “serious enough about it to listen and are performed demonstrated his incredible flexibility. committed.” Anyone interested in learning more Glover pointed out that fitness program are about the Titleist Performance Institute Training becoming the standard among elite golfers. “Year Program at Velocity Sports should contact Mark around programs are important for golfers today. I Troutman, Mark Beshears or any of the other do strength in the off-season and flexibility during folks at Velocity about setting up an appointment. the season.” Glover does some type of stretching Velocity Sports Performance is located at 414 exercises once or twice every day. It’s what Myers Galimore Dairy Road in Greensboro. Call them refers to as “athletic golf.” at 336-605-2828 or visit the website at: www. velocitysp.com/greensboro.
Lucas Glover took a moment from his busy schedule to pose with 9-year-old Cameron Stark while promoting the Titleist Sports Performance Training Program at Velocity Sports Performance in Greensboro.
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Lucas Glover introduced the new Titleist Performance Institute Training Program while in Greensboro for the Wyndham Golf Championship.
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CHILDREN’S ORTHOPAEDIC HEALTH
and BONES-R-US Most people know that when children of any age have “ailments,” they usually go to their pediatrician or family physician for care. Many also assume that children would only need an orthopaedist for serious bone related problems and perhaps think that a better name for the specialty should be “Bones R Us.” Fortunately, all of these specialties participate in the comprehensive care of children. Often, children are referred by other doctors to see an orthopaedist when there could be a bone related problem. But there are a lot of health concerns that parents have for their children that can be clarified by consulting with these specialists who are well trained in the normal physical development of the young child. Observant parents often see things as their children “grow up” that cause concern. Also, they are often told that their little one “will grow out of it.” Fortunately, that is true, but parents are wise to be on the lookout for certain developments that deserve mention to their child’s physician of choice.
by Dan Henley To answer your question efficiently, I am going to list some of the common things that children are seen for by orthopaedists, but please do not let this alarm you. If you observe these characteristics as your child grows, simply report them to your doctors and let them advise you about what needs to be done, if indeed anything. Common orthopaedic evaluations at various stages of childhood development include: ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊
Curved, “kidney shaped” infant feet Toeing In of the feet from the foot, knee or hip “Toeing Out” from the hip Flat Feet Bowlegs Knock Knees “Growing Pains” in feet, heel, shin, knee or hip Clicking or Clunking Hip Side-to-Side Back Curves Bumps, Bruises, and sometimes Breaks
Again, do not assume that any of these observations are permanent. But do be assured that your children’s doctors will routinely assess the above and will appropriately advise you about anything that needs special attention. In the future, if you will simply take your child to their regularly scheduled medical checkups, then you will discover what is normal for your child.
This column on health and fitness is provided by the professionals at the four divisions of Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists, serving the Triad Region. Dan Henley is a Licensed, Certified Athletic Trainer with a masters degree in health and physical education and over 35 years experience in the field. Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and should not be considered to be medical advice.
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Does Your Child Have Strong Bones? The Bone Breaking Relationship between Low Calcium & Vitamin D Intakes & Adolescent Fractures.
The occurrence of broken bones in adolescents is increasing. Low bone mass may be the biggest culprit. The cause of low bone mass is multifaceted, but poor nutrition resides as a core contributor. Bones need calcium. Meeting recommended levels has been shown to prevent bone fractures. The amount needed is determined by the stage of growth. This is why calcium requirements are highest during pubescent years. However, after the age of 8, most children fall short. This is a problem. Why? During pubescent years, 40% of one’s total bone mass is accumulated & nearly 90% of peak bone mass develops by the late teens. Many children fail to drink milk with
consumption lowest during teenage years. Simply put, children who do not drink milk or eat dairy products are high-risk candidates for low bone mass. Therefore, it is essential that ALL children obtain age-appropriate amounts, which are easily obtainable from 3 – 4 daily servings of cow’s milk or other dairy products such as low fat yogurt and cheese. If your child does not drink cow’s milk, other calcium dietary sources such as soymilk, calcium-fortified foods such as orange juice, and high calcium fruits and vegetables such as broccoli must be part of their diet. Bones also need vitamin D. Vitamin D aids the bone absorption of calcium. Two recent studies reported 70% of all children ages 1-21 fail to meet vitamin D recommendations. Just 10 – 15 minutes of daily sun exposure can supply an adolescent with the recommended amount of vitamin D. During the winter, many nutritionists recommend at least a 400 IU supplement, with some suggesting a 2000 IU or greater supplement. Poor Nutrition is a family problem. Do your best to not only teach, but also be a good example. Low bone mass is easily preventable.
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