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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Allen Morris, subject of the Local Sports Legends section in this issue. Mr. Morris has had a very eventful life. He played football at Georgia Tech, traveled the world playing tennis, worked as an executive in the textile business, coached tennis at North Carolina, and served as athletic director at Presbyterian College. But one thing that struck me as I talked with Mr. Morris was how much things have changed since he was a kid...and since I was a kid.

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Allen Morris was a high school student in the late 1940’s. He told me how he and his tennis buddies hitchhiked all over the south to play in tennis tournaments. It was a different world back then. In those days, servicemen and others often used their thumbs to get around. It’s hard to imagine a kid today packing up his racquet and heading down the highway. Hitchhiking is now illegal in many places...it would certainly be dangerous in this day and age.

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As society has changed, so has transportation. Parents routinely pack up the car or the mini-van, load up the kids and head out to whatever tennis tournament, swim meet, or event is scheduled for that particular weekend. Today, kids need a ride just to get to practice. It’s not as easy for kids to get around as it used to be and the days of the neighborhood pool, or the neighborhood ballpark seem to be gone. As I write this, I’m just about to drive 45 minutes to take my son to baseball practice. As a kid, I used to ride my bike three blocks to practice baseball. The swimming pool was about a mile from my house. I rode my bike there for swimming lessons most mornings. I’d go home for lunch, then ride back in the afternoon to play. A couple nights a week we had Little League games. That was pretty much my summer routine. It was a much simpler time. Today, kids not only have a greater variety of sports to choose from but a lot more other things to keep them occupied. In addition to sports, kids today have cell phones, computers, iPods and Xbox 360s. I’m sure they’d be lost and terribly bored in the world of my youth, or in the world that Allen Morris knew as a kid. But I had a great time growing up and I’m sure Allen Morris wouldn’t trade the memories of his early days for anything the Apple Store has to offer. One thing that hasn’t changed is the joy of summer vacation. Summertime was always my favorite time of year as a kid. I remember feeling a great sense of freedom, adventure, excitement, and independence during the summer months. Summertime meant baseball, swimming, cold drinks, fireworks, family, friends, and fun. From what I can tell, most kids today feel pretty much the same way. Yes, times have changed, but the most important things seem to have stayed the same. Enjoy the rest of the summer!


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The Guilford United ’97 Courage White played up an age group and won the U-13 age bracket of the North Carolina President’s Kepner Cup May 23, 2010. They competed in six games and had no goals scored against them in regulation. Additionally, this past spring they played in the Piedmont Classic soccer division and qualified for a rising U-14 Premier slot.

Congratulations to the Greensboro Youth Soccer U8 Boys Green Knights on their Wrangler McDonalds Championship. A goal with 30 seconds left in regulation gave the boys an exciting 3-2 title-game win.

Front: Emily Lippitt, Maci Griggs, Kelby Smith, Anna Roach, Frances Henshall Middle: Kara Wood, Josie Geiger, Riley Neese, Ellen Harris, Amelia Fox, Morgan Fiske. Back: Coach Chad Heinike, Morgan Helms, Olivia Neeble, Nichole Smith, Kurtlyn Gurley, Coach Chris Neeble.

Front: Harrison Gwynn, Davis Baugh, Gianluca Busio, Matthew Sanchez, Caleb Powell Back: Coach Peter Martinek-Jenne, Ronan Martinek-Jenne, Benjamin LeBlanc, Jack Laine, Michael Frogge, Michael Becker, Coach Rob Baugh

TRIAD BULLDOGS RUGBY STATE CHAMPIONS

Many of these players will be moving up to the 19-and-under (high school) team next year. Both teams will be looking for new recruits for next year. Practices begin in November and games are played on Saturdays in the spring so they do not interfere with high school sport teams. If interested please visit the web site http://www.eteamz.com/triadyouthrugby/index.cfm

The Triad Bulldogs 15-and-under rugby team won the state championship for the second consecutive year in the Carolina Youth Rugby Association. The Bulldogs, made up of local players with no more than three years of rugby experience, defeated teams from Hoke County and the Charlotte-area before defeating the Virginia State Champions for the Carolina Cup. The team was led by coaches Mid Middleton and Dave Sgroi.

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Lindley Center spikes interest in volleyball not seem like a high pressure environment, but rather a dynamic clinic aimed at improvement, activity, and enjoyment of the game.”

Casey Chesson, Lindley Recreation Center director, and Christine Nazario, on the right , offer beginning volleyball clinics for 4th -8th graders.

The Lindley Park Recreation Center now offers affordable beginning volleyball clinics for youth girls. Lindley Recreation Director Casey Chesson realized there was a need for more girls’ programs at the center. With no other volleyball programs close to Lindley Park, Casey felt this would be a great opportunity to offer affordable volleyball clinics. So, together with volleyball coach Christine Nazario, they started offering fall and spring beginning volleyball clinics. For many of the girls it was their first time playing any sport. “I know that some of these girls would have never given volleyball a chance if it wasn’t for our clinics,” said Casey. To make the girls feel more comfortable, Coach Nazario maintains a small, non-intimidating group setting. It works well, according to Elena Patton, a recent participant, “I like the small group, I got a lot of one on one time and I got a lot better!” Each clinic offers tips for school tryouts and once on a team, what to do to become a good role model on the volleyball court. Coach Nazario feels strongly about teaching simple etiquette skills that are not always taught on the volleyball court. Among these skills are respect, attitude, sportsmanship and building self-esteem. “Since I started playing volleyball over 20 years ago I am amazed at the lack of respect and common courtesy on the court these days. Once I started coaching I wanted to encourage a high level of integrity in all my players.” Margaret Patton, Elena’s mother, also offered her endorsement, “I was so impressed with the very positive coaching style. Coach Nazario was supportive of each girl and praised them often. It really looked like everyone was having fun. It did

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Nazario graduated from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC with a B/A in Communications and Marketing. She helped lead the volleyball team to the Nationals in Hawaii and received several achievement awards. She has coached Junior Olympic Volleyball and was the head volleyball coach for the middle school at Caldwell Academy. In addition to coaching at the YMCA, she also assists with a volleyball team for the Special Olympics. Summer clinics for grades 4th, 5th and 6th are on Mondays from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd. Clinics will include instruction on passing, serving, hitting, and setting. They will include fun drills and helpful tips for those who will be trying out for a team. A six week fall clinic will run from September 7 October 12. There is a limit of fifteen participants per clinic, so make your plans now. For more information or to register, call Lindley Park Recreation Center at 373-2930 or email Casey Chesson at casey.chesson@greensboro-nc.gov. Coach Nazario’s email is cnazario@triad.rr.com.

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TENNIS

Kids are the lifeblood of sports. The Greensboro Regional Tennis Association (GRETA) knows this and works in partnership with the parks and recreation department, schools, private tennis clubs, tennis professionals, children’s clubs, the NCTA and the USTA to promote and grow tennis in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. GRETA promotes tennis through league development, school programs, public programs, special events and capital projects. GRETA also supports community projects that either promote the sport or provide opportunity for under-served communities. Recently, GRETA partnered with Precision Tennis (Bur-Mil Park Tennis Center), Greensboro Tennis (Spencer Love Tennis Center), and Green Valley Swim and Tennis to offer USTA Jr. Team Tennis for 10&U and 8&U beginner tennis players using the QuickStart Tennis format. What is QuickStart Tennis? QuickStart Tennis is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions

Greensboro Regional Tennis Association uses an innovative program to promote youth participation and skill development. development. and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It is divided into two different levels - ages 8 and under and ages 10 and under. Children 8 and under use a 36’ x 18’ court. These dimensions allow for four small QuickStart courts on a standard tennis court so more kids can play. The 23” racquets, low compression or foam balls, and lower nets make it easier for young children to play without becoming frustrated. 10 and unders use a larger 60’ x 21’ court, a 25” racquet, a slightly livelier ball, and a 3’ net. Scaling the game down to their size makes the learning process easier and a lot more fun.

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build tennis participation through QuickStart. Modified programs like QuickStart have been used successfully in other countries for years. Foreignborn tennis pros like Tony Mule’ of the Green Valley Tennis Club have witnessed the results. According to Mule’, “QuickStart programs will build a wider base of interest in tennis that will benefit the entire tennis community, including private tennis clubs.” To learn more about QuickStart tennis and how you or your school can become involved, contact Becky Greene at BeckyGreene410s@gmail.com or visit the website at www.gretanc.com.

Precision Tennis Academy unveils new permanent QuickStart Courts Precision Tennis Academy and Bur-Mil Park unveiled four new permanent 36′ QuickStart courts, during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, June 4. Building on the growth of junior tennis, QuickStart tennis is becoming widely popular as a format that encourages kids, ages 4-10, to play the game on a smaller court. QuickStart Tennis also introduces low compression balls and a smaller racket size to all kids under the age of 10, to find success on the tennis court. Precision Tennis Academy and Bur-Mil Park will host summer youth tennis programs for kids, including Junior Team Tennis, league play and tournaments to initiate the growth of tennis for ages 10 and under.

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Hoopin’ it Up at the White House Delaney Rudd’s North Carolina Basketball Academy had a little help from President Barack Obama as it conducted a youth basketball clinic at the White House. Rudd, whose organization operates out of the Greensboro Sportsplex, along with his group of volunteers, conducted the basketball portion of the Baby Goes Pro “Explore the Moves Sports and Obstacle Course.” Baby Goes Pro was invited to

Left to right: Gigi Fernandez (tennis/Co-Founder Baby Goes Pro), Anna Rawson (LPGA), Earl Boykins (NBA, Washington Wizards), Michele Smith (USA Softball), Kris Tschetter (LPGA), Martin Gramatica (NFL-retired), Liezel Huber (tennis), Valerie Stern (Co-Founder Baby Goes Pro)

help coordinate and present the interactive sports exhibit as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative to fight childhood obesity. The exhibit introduced children to five of the most popular sports in America - Baseball, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis and Golf. Rudd, a former Wake Forest and NBA player, was joined by Michael Curtis, Samuel Warren, Reginald Hines, Clavon Ingram, and Warren Jackson - along with Washington Wizard player Earl Boykins - to present the basketball segment. LPGA pros Anna Rawson and Kreis Tschetter did the golf station, and Olympic Softball gold medalist Michele Smith and former Baltimore Oriole Al Bumbry did baseball. NFL kicker Martin’ Gramatica helped with soccer, while tennis pros Katrina Adams, Hana Kloss, Liezel Huber and tennis legend Billie Jean King introduced the children to tennis. Northern High School’s PE teacher of the year Russ McHenry managed the obstacle course as Emkei the Monkey, the Baby Goes Pro mascot, provided entertainment.

President Obama is getting ready to shoot as Delaney Rudd (on the right) looks on.

Greensboro’s Valerie Stern, along with Olympic Gold medal-winning tennis player Gigi Fernandez, created Baby Goes Pro to introduce children ages 2 and up to sports. Together, they developed a DVD series that “introduces the basics of sports and the value of movement through an inspiring and clever combination of music and instructive activities.” To learn more about Baby Goes Pro, please visit its website at www.BabyGoesPro.com.

The sports exhibit was part of the annual White House Easter festivities that included appearances by celebrities Apolo Anton Ohno, Betty DeGeneres, Reese Witherspoon, J.K. Rowling, the Cast of Glee, Yo Gabba Gabba, and the Easter Bunny. Ms. Fernandez and Billie Jean King spoke with Al Roker on the Today Show earlier in the day and Stern, Fernandez, and their families were even included in a meet and greet session with the First Family.


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Owner Scott Bankhead is a two-time North Carolina Tarheel All-American pitcher who enjoyed a ten year Major League Baseball career. During that time he became wellacquainted with some of baseball’s top college and major league training programs. When he opened the training facility, he borrowed elements from those successful programs to develop “the most advanced baseball training regimens” available to young ballplayers. NCBA’s state of the art facilities and individualized training programs provide an environment that guarantees improvement for baseball players of all ages and ability levels.

Whether your child is just beginning to get serious about baseball or is fine-tuning his skills with hopes of playing in high school, college, or even professionally, NCBA has a program to meet your needs. With three playing fields and a 17,000 square foot, state-of-the-art training facility, NCBA’s trained and certified instructors provide year-around training, seasonal camps, and NCBA sponsored teams. Centrally located at 1137 Pleasant Ridge Road, west of Hwy. 68, NCBA is an easy drive from anywhere in the Triad area. Need to work on your swing? If you just want to hit balls, NCBA has nine batting cages with pitching machines. NCBA also offers professional hitting and pitching lessons for individuals and teams in its indoor instructional center. Right View Pro is a integral part of the instruction process at The Academy. With this tool, Academy players get a complete training system for baseball. The system combines a state-of-the-art video analysis system - using Major League and professional models, definable terminology, and top-notch instruction. The result is a better understanding of the swing and pitching motions.

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GREENSBORO AQUATIC CENTER...NEXT SUMMER! The countdown has already begun. By next summer the new Greensboro Aquatic Center will be up and running and a lot of folks are very excited at the prospect. Among those is Coliseum managing director Matt Brown. “The Greensboro Aquatic Center will be a tremendous addition to not only the Coliseum Complex but this entire community,” said Brown. “The facility’s size and versatility will allow us to satisfy the myriad of needs from the local swim community as well as host amateur, collegiate and national swimming and diving meets that will bring tremendous economic impact to this area. The opening of the GAC next summer, coupled with the opening of the first phase of the ACC Hall of Champions in March, will bring thousands of visitors to Greensboro and help transform the High Point Road corridor,” Mr. Brown added. Scheduled to open in the summer of 2011, the 78,323-square-foot indoor Greensboro Aquatic Center (GAC) will be a state-of-the-art facility featuring leading edge concepts in aquatic design. The GAC is located on the campus of the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, the premier sports and entertainment facility in the Southeast. The placement of the GAC at the Coliseum Complex creates numerous advantages including the adjacent Coliseum Complex’s Special Events Center that provides accommodations for meet registration, coaches’ meetings and hospitality and vendor displays. In addition, the GAC will be located in close proximity to the Atlantic Coast Conference Hall of Champions, the Greensboro Visitors Center and area hotels and restaurants. This GAC will bring together all major aquatic

Pace clocks, underwater speakers for underwater recall and training, underwater lighting and remote judging terminals for diving and synchronized swimming competitions are also included in the design. The Aquatic Center will also be equipped with a full color LED video display and scoreboard that incorporates state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems tied to the timing system. The warm-up pool, 25 yards x 46’, offers a fully ADA accessible ramp access for those with limited mobility and patrons in wheelchairs. In addition, the warm-up pool will have a handicap chair lift. A wide range of activities will be programmed for this space, including fitness classes, exercise programs, rehabilitation and sports injury recovery programs. This pool will be 4’ deep and equipped with five swimming lanes.

sports – competitive swimming and diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and other unique sports all in one venue. The GAC fully meets NCAA and FINA standards and will offer Greensboro the opportunity to host high school and collegiate events, USA Swimming meets, Master’s swimming and U.S. Water Polo events, as well as a myriad of local, regional, national and international competitions. In light of the intense demand for this type of facility, the GAC is expected to operate 15 hours a day. In addition, this multi-purpose facility will also serve local citizens through its diverse programming, including therapeutic rehabilitation and “Learn to Swim” classes in conjunction with the Guilford County School system and other instructional organizations.

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The competition pool and diving well will be equipped with complete state-of-the-art timing and scoring systems that include: track start systems, timing and scoring systems. High tech touch pads and relay judging platforms with speed lights to assist hearing impaired individuals will also be featured.

A reception/control desk will be strategically placed for the observation and control of patrons and competitors entering the GAC, assuring a secure facility. Its location will enable staff to monitor the operation of the center and observe the pulse of activity at any time of the day’s schedule. A pro shop will also be housed within the venue and will stock the latest swimwear, apparel, swim supplies and accessories from leading aquatic manufacturers. Men’s and women’s locker rooms are provided with private shower accommodations and ample toilet facilities. Designated master’s locker areas and youth locker rooms are also provided. In addition, a family changing room is located adjacent to the training pool. Additional amenities include ample support space for aquatic programs including wet classrooms directly accessible from the pool decks, dry classrooms, a production room, a fitness room, a trainer’s/ first aid room and separate accommodations for lifeguards. All pools feature pressure regenerative filters selected for their high quality water, low consumption of potable water and minimal waste. These units were selected to enhance the sustainable nature of the overall building design. State of the art ultra violet water treatment will also be integrated with the filtration system. All pools feature high quality stainless steel re-circulating gutters designed specifically to enhance the competitive experience in the GAC and improve swim times. The combination of deep water, rapid evacuation of wave action, and state-of-the-art competitive accessories will ensure that the Greensboro Aquatic Center will be recognized as a “fast pool” capable of producing many new record times.


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2010 CITY SWIM 2009 FINAL 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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When the tents start popping up at Lindley Park, you know it’s time for the annual “City Meet.” The Lindley Park Swimming Pool is suddenly transformed into a spectacular three-day event featuring wild costumes, parades, and plenty of exciting swimming action. Over two thousand kids from twenty-three clubs in the Greensboro area gather at Lindley each year for the Community Swim Association (CSA) City Championships, the grand finale of the summer league season. Kids have been coming to Lindley for over fifty years. Some of the parents and grandparents who come to cheer, once swam in this same meet, many summers ago. In recent years, the team championship has been dominated by two teams; last year’s champions - the Frogs of Friendly; and the winner of the two previous city championships - the Blue Dolphins of the Greensboro Country Club. Those teams remain strong and should be right in the middle of another exciting battle for the title. Relay events are always critically important to the final standings and both GCC and Friendly will be very strong in relays. A review of the city meet records show both teams returning record-breaking relay teams from 2008 and 2009. Lake Jeanette and Sherwood finished third and fourth last year and return several top swimmers hoping to again finish high in the team standings. Hamilton Lakes is always in the mix and this year will be no exception. The

Competitive swimmers tend to be good students. I first learned of this from a fellow swim dad when my kids were just beginning in the sport. This dad, a college professor, had a high school daughter on our neighborhood swim team and another daughter swimming in college at an Ivy League school. Both daughters were accomplished swimmers and, according to their father, excellent students. He’d been around swimming for a long time and filled me in on things like how long rain-delays last and what brand of goggles to buy. He was always very enthusiastic about the virtues of swimming and especially about the relationship between swimming participation and academic success. He went on and on about how his daughter’s high school swim team had the highest GPA of any team at her school and that in his experience, swimmers routinely outperformed, not only the general school population, but also other student-athletes. My daughter was only in second grade at the time, so while his conversation made me feel good about our decision to join the swim team, thinking about GPAs and SAT scores seemed a little premature. Now that my daughter is in high school, I can look back and see that I have noticed the same correlation between swimming and classroom achievement that my swim-dad mentor pointed out nearly ten years ago. Most of the swimmers I’ve met over the years have been above average students - many of them exceptional. I’ve often wondered why that is. Studies have consistently shown that student-athletes have higher GPAs than the general student population, both in the high school and the college setting. Granted, GPA comparisons often favor athletes because low academic performers are sometimes not allowed to participate on school athletic teams. Also, studentathletes, particularly college athletes, may get special treatment not available to non-athletes. Athletic perks like counseling, private tutoring, mandatory study halls, and grade monitoring can all help boost the student-athlete’s GPA. But even when compared to student-athletes in other sports, swimmers’ GPAs generally fare very well. So why do swimmers’ names pop up so frequently on honor roll lists at high schools and colleges all across the country? It’s a classic chicken-egg conundrum; do swimmers become better students or do better students become swimmers? Many coaches, parents, and swimmers insist that the discipline, time

management, work ethic, goal-setting and focus that swimming teaches transfer directly to the school environment. They maintain that the skills swimmers learn in the pool help them to become better students. Others point out, however, that there is another important factor at play. They argue that swimmers tend to have highly-educated parents who place a high value on education, and who nurture academic achievement. These swimmers, they contend, have the foundation for performing well in the classroom before they ever swim their first lap. While I agree that parental support and encouragement facilitate success, it’s difficult to dismiss the value of the important skills that swimming teaches and the dedication and work ethic of the individual swimmer. I’ve been able to observe a lot of swimming over the past ten years and can’t think of any sport that requires a higher level of commitment, time, and personal sacrifice. There is always a natural selection process at work; some continue to swim, many don’t. Transportation, scheduling, and financial considerations sometimes impact participation. Kids are also involved in a lot of different activities these days and some choose to devote their time to other interests, whether it’s another sport, some other activity, or just down time. Those who are still swimming by high school and college are generally among the most dedicated, focused, and self-motivated students. It’s easy to see why members of this group are often high academic achievers. Each year, impressive numbers of local swimmers graduate from high school and go on to attend and, in some cases, swim for some of the top colleges across the country. How important was swimming to their academic success? Would they have been just as successful if they devoted their time to basketball, or violin, or XBox? It’s impossible to know but it would be hard to convince me that success in academics isn’t positively influenced by the training and skills learned over years of swimming. In coming years, the new Greensboro Aquatic Center will provide a tremendous opportunity for more and more kids to join the local swimming ranks. If history is any indication, the next generation of swimmers will continue to excel not only in the pool, but in the classroom... and in life.


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M MEET Preview Hornets should have an improved team and look to score a lot of points this year. Green Valley is also hoping to improve on its 7th place finish last year and has some very good swimmers capable of finishing in the money. Both the Elks Club of High Point and the Elks Club of Greensboro have quality teams that should finish high in the standings. Ridgewood, Oak Ridge, Grandover, Cardinal, and Adams Farm finished in the middle of the pack last season and will be battling once again for leadership in the mid-tier group. The YMCA Bears, the Lawndale Lizards and the Southeast Tigersharks had some outstanding individual performances last year, each with three-event winning Golden Swimmers. Those swimmers, along with several other Golden Swimmers from last year and previous years return, which should result in some terrific competition. Several City Meet records have been broken over the past few years and many of those record holders will be swimming again this year. Look for more records to fall in 2010. But the CSA swimming season is about more than fast times and championships. Each year the coaches and teams encourage teamwork, sportsmanship, and community service. CSA’s partnership with the American Cancer Society raises thousands of dollars through its Swim For Cancer program. Good luck to all the swim clubs, the coaches, the parents, and the swimmers who will be competing in the 2010 City Championship!

PERILOUS POOLSIDE PROGNOSTICATIONS After painstaking research and exhaustive probability analysis...were considered...and rejected, we instead threw darts to predict the Top Ten finishers in the 2010 City Swim Meet. This is where those darts landed: 1. GCC Blue Dolphins 2. Friendly Frogs 3. Hamilton Lake Hornets 4. Elks Club High Point 5. Lake Jeanette Lightening 6. Green Valley Park 7. Sherwood Swim & Racquet Club 8. Elks Club Greensboro 9. Ridgewood Riptide 10. YMCA Bears

CITY SWIM MEET RECORDS Event 1 Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke Record: R 17.02 1999 Molli Hayworth, Oak Ridge Event 2 Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Backstroke Record: R 17.22 1991 Matthew Hunter, Starmount Event 3 Girls 9-10 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 32.22 2004 Elise Costa, Oak Ridge Event 4 Boys 9-10 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 32.96 2003 Chad Burton, Sedgefield CC Event 5 Girls 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 29.41 2006 Elise Costa, Oak Ridge Event 6 Boys 11-12 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 28.53 2008 Isaac Klinger, Southeast Event 7 Girls 13-14 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 28.40 2007 Elise Costa, Oak Ridge Event 8 Boys 13-14 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 25.58 2002 Eugene Godsoe, Southeast Event 9 Women 15-19 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 27.65 2008 Walker Schott, Greensboro CC Event 10 Men 15-19 50 Yard Backstroke Record: R 24.49 2004 Eugene Godsoe, Southeast Event 11 Girls 8 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 31.17 2000 Austin White, Greensboro CC Event 12 Boys 8 & Under 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 31.04 1997 Jake Albright, Adams Farm Event 13 Girls 9-10 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 1:00.42 2002 Austin White, Greensboro CC Event 14 Boys 9-10 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 1:00.22 1988 Craig Hertz, Green Valley Event 15 Girls 11-12 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 54.72 1999 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 16 Boys 11-12 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 53.81 2005 Chad Burton, Sedgefield CC Event 17 Girls 13-14 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 53.21 2001 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 18 Boys 13-14 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 49.21 2002 Eugene Godsoe, Southeast Event 19 Women 15-19 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 53.05 2003 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 20 Men 15-19 100 Yard Freestyle Record: R 46.51 1994 J J Marus, Greensboro CC Event 21 Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 19.70 1978 Carolyn Seale, Sherwood

Event 22 Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 18.91 1988 David Cober, Guilford Hills Event 23 Girls 9-10 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 35.84 2005 Halle Beeler, Lake Jeannette Event 24 Boys 9-10 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 36.29 2006 Stuart Moffitt, YMCA Event 25 Girls 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 32.59 2009 Safiyyah Abdullah, YMCA Event 26 Boys 11-12 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 31.07 1992 David Cober, Lawndale Event 27 Girls 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 31.54 2009 Caitlin Casazza, High Point Elks Event 28 Boys 13-14 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 28.72 2002 Robert Padgett, Sedgefield S&R Event 29 Women 15-19 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 30.83 2001 Carly Hensel, Sedgefield CC Event 30 Men 15-19 50 Yard Breaststroke Record: R 27.70 1993 Brian Spaulding, Hamilton Lakes Event 31 Girls 8 & Under 100 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:17.49 2007 Greensboro CC C. Jones, C. Carlock, L. Pearce, O. Dries Event 32 Boys 8 & Under 100 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:16.10 1991 Green Valley Event 33 Girls 9-10 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 2:24.72 1999 Lawndale Event 34 Boys 9-10 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 2:24.22 2008 Greensboro CC W. Hamilton, H. Anderson, R. Hamilton, H. Oehmig Event 35 Girls 11-12 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 2:06.37 2003 Ridgewood C. Rawson, B. Warrick, A. Annear, M. Ferrara Event 36 Boys 11-12 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 2:07.88 2001 Hamilton Lakes Event 37 Girls 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:58.70 2009 Friendly N. Harris, E. Auten, C. Ubertini, N. Labonge Event 38 Boys 13-14 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:48.42 2008 Friendly J. Riley, A. DeCarlo, P. Gates, A. Labonge Event 39 Women 15-19 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:55.72 2005 Greensboro CC K. Schott, L. Howell, C. Glass, H. Mohorn

Event 40 Men 15-19 200 Yard Medley Relay Record: R 1:40.04 2007 Hamilton Lakes M. Oliver, R. Cecchini, B. Kaylor, I. O’Hare Event 41 Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Butterfly Record: R 15.82 1999 Molli Hayworth, Oak Ridge Event 42 Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Butterfly Record: R 15.70 1997 Jake Albright, Adams Farm Event 43 Girls 9-10 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 30.54 2001 Molli Hayworth, Oak Ridge Event 44 Boys 9-10 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 30.29 2006 Issac Klinger, Southeast Event 45 Girls 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 27.64 2004 Austin White, Greensboro CC Event 46 Boys 11-12 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 26.87 2008 Isaac Klinger, Southeast Event 47 Girls 13-14 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 26.95 2000 Ashley Hennings, Hamilton Lakes Event 48 Boys 13-14 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 23.80 2002 Robert Padgett, Sedgefield S&R Event 49 Women 15-19 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 26.41 2003 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 50 Men 15-19 50 Yard Butterfly Record: R 23.09 2001 Matt Zimmerman, Hamilton Lakes Event 51 Girls 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle Record: R 15.06 2000 Austin White, Greensboro CC Event 52 Boys 8 & Under 25 Yard Freestyle Record: R 14.70 1997 Breece / J Albright, GV / AF Event 53 Girls 9-10 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 27.87 1997 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 54 Boys 9-10 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 28.22 1999 Jake Albright, Adams Farm Event 55 Girls 11-12 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 25.28 2008 Natalie Labonge, Friendly Event 56 Boys 11-12 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 24.56 2008 Eric Rosenbower, Lake Jeanette Event 57 Girls 13-14 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 24.43 2001 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 58 Boys 13-14 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 22.83 2001 Mike Burton, SSRC Event 59 Women 15-19 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 24.71 2003 Katie Maggio, Green Valley Event 60 Men 15-19 50 Yard Freestyle Record: R 21.05 2008 Miles Oliver, Hamilton Lakes

Event 61 Girls 9-10 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:09.64 2005 Halle Beeler, Lake Jeannette Event 62 Boys 9-10 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:10.77 2003 Chad Burton, Sedgefield CC Event 63 Girls 11-12 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:03.94 2004 Austin White, Greensboro CC Event 64 Boys 11-12 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:02.16 2008 Isaac Klinger, Southeast Event 65 Girls 13-14 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:02.00 2001 M.E. Miller, Starmount Event 66 Boys 13-14 100 Yard IM Record: R 53.91 2002 Robert Padgett, Sedgefield S&R Event 67 Women 15-19 100 Yard IM Record: R 1:00.43 2001 Carly Hensel, Sedgefield CC Event 68 Men 15-19 100 Yard IM Record: R 53.76 2004 Robert Padgett, Sedgefield S&R Event 69 Girls 8 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:07.02 1999 Adams Farm Event 70 Boys 8 & Under 100 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:05.19 2008 Greensboro CC B. Bobbit, T. Brooks-Murphy, A. Taylor, T. Hale Event 71 Girls 9-10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 2:04.55 1999 Lawndale Event 72 Boys 9-10 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 2:05.84 2009 Friendly G. Hertweck, J. Mitchell, C. Duncan, G. Hudnell Event 73 Girls 11-12 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:51.96 2003 Oak Ridge Event 74 Boys 11-12 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:48.74 2006 Friendly S. Lundqvist, A. Labonge, P. Gates, J. Riley Event 75 Girls 13-14 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:44.90 2004 Ridgewood B. Warrick, M. Darst, L.Cowperthwaite, C. Rawson Event 76 Boys 13-14 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:38.23 2008 Friendly S. Lundqvist, A. Labonge, P. Gates, J. Riley Event 77 Women 15-19 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:42.55 2005 Greensboro CC E. Mohorn, C. Glass, K. Schott, H. Mohorn Event 78 Men 15-19 200 Yard Freestyle Relay Record: R 1:29.08 2008 Hamilton Lakes M. Oliver, R. Kammer, B. Kaylor, R. Cecchini


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TRIAD YOUTH LACROSSE FALL BALL All Skill Levels Welcome! No Experience Necessary!

Fall is a great time to start playing lacrosse!! Fall ball is on Saturday mornings in Greensboro for boys, and on Sunday afternoons for girls. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in North Carolina and the US!! Lacrosse is also the “fastest game on two feet!” Get involved with the fun!!

On-line Registration

Will begin around August 15. Go to www.triadyouthlacrosse.com to register.

Scholarships Available

If you are in need of a scholarship for fall ball, please contact: Wendy Hook, katfan1981@triad.rr.com

Equipment Rental Available

Helmets, shoulder pads, armpads, and gloves are available to borrow from Parks & Recreation. You must have your own stick. Parks & Rec does collect a refundable rental fee. When the equipment is returned at the end of the season, your money is fully refunded.

US Lacrosse membership

All players must have a US Lacrosse membership. This provides supplemental insurance while on the playing field. The cost is $25 per year. That can be done at: www.lacrosse.org

Greensboro age groups, times, and fees Young Guns (1st & 2nd grades) Saturdays beginning September 11 - October 16

MEDICINE

Youth sport facilities offer on-site medical care Bryan Park Soccer and Proehlific Park partner with SMOC to provide sport medicine and health care services

by Dan Henley Local youth sports organizations have long been providing opportunities to children in the Triad area. One such group, the Greensboro Soccer Association (GYSA) is the largest soccer organization in the Piedmont-Triad and home to more than 7,000 players, coaches, officials, parents and volunteers. Incorporated in 1978, GYSA makes its home at the Bryan Park Soccer Complex, one of the most beautiful soccer complexes in the United States. In 1992, in association with The Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Center (SMOC), now a division of Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists (SOS), GYSA became one of the first soccer organizations to provide on-site medical care during many of the local and national tournaments held there. Eventually those services were expanded to cover all weekend tournaments held at Bryan Park. SMOC continues to provide free first aid and sports medical care, under the supervision of licensed and nationally Certified Athletic Trainers, to all children and spectators at the park.

Cost: approx. $40

Bantam (3rd & 4th grades boys) Saturdays beginning September 11 - October 30

Cost: approx. $80

Elementary (5th & 6th grades boys) Saturdays beginning September 11 - October 30

Cost: approx. $90

Proehlific Park was built by Ricky Proehl, retired NFL player and Super Bowl Champion, to provide kids with an opportunity to learn the value of unlimited free play. The facility has indoor basketball courts, an indoor field, batting cages, exercise equipment, outdoor fields and many other amenities to offer its members. Proehlific Park recognized the need for on-site injury care and has partnered with SMOC and SOS Church Street Physical Therapy Center to add a new Sports Medicine Center. The Proehlific Park Sports Medicine Center, opening on August 1st, will offer on-site sports medicine and physical therapy services. During operating hours, the Training Room will be staffed by Licensed and Certified Athletic Trainers. The SOS Physical Therapy Center will be staffed by Licensed Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants, providing members and the Piedmont Triad community with the highest quality professional rehabilitation and physical therapy services. The physicians at Southeastern Orthopaedic Specialists (SMOC, Murphy-Wainer, Guilford Orthopaedics, and Piedmont Orthopaedics), are excited to offer health care services to the community through on-site sports facilities at both Bryan Park and now...Proehlific Park.

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Middle School (7th & 8th grades boys) Saturdays beginning September 11 - October 30

Cost: approx. $90

3rd-8th Grade Girls Sundays beginning September 12 - October 31

Cost: approx. $90

High School Girls Sundays beginning September 12 - October 31

Cost: approx. $90

For more information about lacrosse in the Greensboro area, please visit the TYLA website: www.triadyouthlacrosse.com Or feel free to e-mail the Executive Director, Wendy Hook: katfan1981@triad.rr.com

Bryan Park is equipped and staffed to properly care for anyone needing medical services. For injuries on the field, SMOC Gator Vehicles, fully equipped with first aid supplies and emergency AED devices, are dispatched to the injury site to offer emergency care. If further evaluation and stabilization are needed, SMOC has permanent medical facilities on both the main and annex sides of the park. The air-conditioned SMOC Training Rooms are fully stocked to provide necessary care and injury prevention. Another facility, Proehlific Park Family Sports Complex and Fitness Center, opened in 2008.

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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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Tennis Champion and UNC Tarheel Tennis Coach

ALLEN MORRIS

by Bill Martin

In 1956 Allen Morris’s tennis journey had taken him from the backroads of the Southeast United States to the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon. That year, Morris was one of three Americans to reach the quarterfinals of the most prestigious event in tennis, the Wimbledon Championships. Morris was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Born in 1932, he began playing tennis at age 12 and by high school had become one of the top young players in the state. As a student at Marist High School he won the Georgia high school championship and also the state juniors title. During the summers he played the juniors circuit and traveled to tournaments in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina. “Back then we were hitchhiking,” Morris said, “and then they’d put you up in private home. If we had to be there at a certain time we’d take the bus...but a lot of time we’d just hitchhike.” Morris also played football in high school and earned a scholarship to play for the legendary Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech. When the academic programs at Georgia Tech didn’t match his needs, Morris met with Coach Dodd at the end of his freshman year. The coach arranged for tryouts with other schools whose academic programs better fit his interests. He planned to play football again but his high school doubles partner told him about a tennis coach at Presbyterian College in South Carolina who “had a couple of scholarships and was looking for some players.” At that time Presbyterian had one of the top five tennis programs in the country, so the two boys thumbed a ride to Clinton, South Carolina to meet with the coach. When both boys were offered scholarships, Allen Morris had a tough decision to make. “My mom wanted me to go to Presbyterian to play tennis; my dad wanted me to play football.” Morris decided to accept Presbyterian’s offer

while his friend decided against college and instead got a job. “I worked during the summer and then went up to Presbyterian that September with Coach Jim Leighton and that’s how I really got involved in tennis from that point on.” While at Presbyterian, Morris became the #1 singles player, team captain, and lost only four matches in four seasons. The coach raised money to send Morris and some of the players on the tennis circuit during the summers. During his last three years, the summer circuit culminated in September with Morris playing in the U.S Open at Forest Hills, NY. In 1954 Morris was named as an alternate on the U.S. Davis Cup team. Two years later he was in the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon Championships. Other Wimbledon quarterfinalists that year included top U.S. players Ham Richardson and Vic Seixas along with Australian standouts Ken Rosewall and Lew Hoad. Seixas, a former UNC player who won Wimbledon three years earlier, beat Morris in the quarters. Both Aussies won their semifinal matches, with Hoad beating Rosewall to take the championship. Morris was ranked as high as 16th in the U.S. During his career he competed against some of the top players in the game and beat the likes of Rod Laver and Arthur Ashe - twice. According to Morris, it was tough to make a living in tennis in 1956. “There was no money in tennis at the time, and I had to go to work,” he said. “I went with the Travelers Insurance Company and moved to Charlotte. About a year later I joined Burlington Industries and moved to Greensboro.” For the next 20 years, Morris worked in the textile industry, first at Burlington and later as vice president of personnel at Texfi Industries. Morris became a top age-group player in Greensboro and won seven N.C. Open singles titles. Morris captured 1977 and 1978 U.S. Senior Clay Court National Championships

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in both singles and doubles. He also competed in France as a member of the U.S. Dubler Cup team, a 45-and-over version of the Davis Cup. During a business trip, Morris casually mentioned to a friend in the textile business that someday he might be interested in coaching. His friend was very active in the University of North Carolina’s Ram Club and when the tennis coaching position opened up a few months later, he recommended Morris for the job. John Swofford, North Carolina’s athletic director at the time, called Morris and set up a meeting. Morris received an offer from Swofford and, after some deliberation, was named tennis director and head men’s tennis coach at the University of North Carolina. That was in 1980 and Allen Morris remained the head coach of the North Carolina men’s tennis team for thirteen years. Coaching was a new experience for Morris, but one that he thoroughly enjoyed. “When I got there all the scholarship money was gone, so I had to go with the team that we had. It was probably two or three years before I could go out and start recruiting. But it was fun and we had some good players. It was sometimes tough traveling during the season, but it was always a lot of fun.” His UNC teams achieved a 245123 record and won two ACC championships. Morris planned to retire at Carolina until the president of Presbyterian called to ask if Morris would be interested in filling a newly created fund-raising position at his alma mater. Not interested initially, Morris was finally persuaded to come down and listen to the offer “that I couldn’t turn down.” He and his family packed their bags and moved to Clinton where Morris became director of Presbyterian College’s Scotsman Club. The following year he was promoted to director of athletics. From 1994 to 2000, Morris guided the athletic department to two South Atlantic

Allen Morris playing in quarterfinals of Wimbledon, 1956.

Conference Athletic Excellence Awards, awarded annually to the conference’s top overall athletic program. During his tenure, Presbyterian won 26 South Atlantic Conference championships, 23 berths in NCAA Division II national tournament play, and 17 SAC Coach of the Year Awards. Morris left Presbyterian in 2000 and later returned to Greensboro. Now retired, Morris and his wife Dorothy enjoy spending time with their four children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. While a shoulder replacement in 2003 keeps him off the tennis court, Morris stays active playing golf. Last year he was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame. He’s also a member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, and the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame. Morris offers the following advice to parents and young athletes: “Parents need to let kids play those sports they like - not to push them into any one sport. Too many parents push and push and push...and it doesn’t work out. And when kids get serious about a sport they need to make a commitment and to make sure that they do things honestly and with integrity. And when kids are in school they really need to study and keep their grades up.” That same kind of commitment and integrity helped Allen Morris become a successful athlete, businessman, coach, administrator...and a true local sports legend

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Most Common Myths About Tanning and Sun Protection Half the battle in knowing how to properly protect oneself from skin cancer is being able to separate fact from fiction. Unfortunately, some myths about tanning and sun protection are deep rooted and could mislead people into thinking that tanning is safe – when, in reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Now, a new survey by the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) sets the record straight on some of the most common myths and what people believe to be true about tanning and sun protection. The “Suntelligence: How Sun Smart is Your City?” online survey polled more than 7,000 adults nationwide to determine their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors toward tanning, sun protection and skin cancer detection. Twenty-six cities were ranked based on respondents’ answers to several questions in each category. “Our survey showed that despite our repeated warnings about the dangers of UV exposure and the importance of proper sun protection, many people could not correctly answer true/false statements on the subject,” said dermatologist Zoe D. Draelos, MD, FAAD, consulting professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. “Identifying what areas people need to improve their understanding of tanning and sun protection allows dermatologists to concentrate our educational efforts in these areas to increase knowledge, which could eventually help reduce the incidence of skin cancer in future generations.” MYTH: Some types of ultraviolet (UV) rays are safe for your skin. (65% incorrectly answered true.) FACT: Sunlight consists of two types of harmful rays: ultraviolet A (UVA) rays and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. UVA rays (which pass through window glass) penetrate deeper into the thickest layer of the skin known as the dermis. UVA rays can cause suppression of the immune system, which interferes with the immune system’s ability to protect a person against the development and spread of skin cancer. UVB rays are the sun’s burning rays (which are blocked by window glass) and are the primary cause of sunburn.

“Quite simply, all forms of UV exposure, whether from natural sunlight or artificial light sources found in tanning beds, are unsafe and are the No. 1 preventable risk factor for skin cancer,” said Dr. Draelos. MYTH: Getting a base tan is a healthy way to protect skin from sun damage. (52% incorrectly answered true.) FACT: A tan is a sign of damage to the skin from UV radiation. Every time a person tans, the skin becomes damaged and this damage accumulates over time. This accumulated damage, in addition to accelerating the aging process, also increases a person’s risk for all types of skin cancer. “A base does very little to protect your skin, and since tanning damages the skin, getting a base tan could do more harm than good.” said Dr. Draelos. “The only way to prevent sunburn is to protect your skin through using sunscreen, wearing protective clothing and seeking shade.” MYTH: It is smarter to tan indoors using a tanning bed. (37% incorrectly answered true.) FACT: The United States Department of Health and Human Services and the International Agency of Research on Cancer panel has declared UV radiation from the sun and artificial light sources, such as tanning beds and sun lamps, as a known carcinogen. Indoor tanning equipment, which includes all artificial light sources, emits UVA and UVB radiation. It has been shown that the amount of the radiation produced during indoor tanning is similar to the sun, and in some cases might be stronger. “Despite claims by those in the tanning industry that UVA rays used in indoor tanning are safer because they do not cause sunburn, scientific evidence proves that this claim is untrue,” said Dr. Draelos. “UVA rays cause deeper skin damage and are linked to melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. In fact, studies show that melanoma is increasing faster in females 15-29 years old than males in the same age group. And in females 15-29, the torso is the most common location for developing melanoma, which we suspect is

due to high-risk tanning behaviors – including indoor tanning.” MYTH: A sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 provides twice the protection as an SPF 15. (79% incorrectly answered true.) FACT: Contrary to popular belief, UVB protection from the sun’s burning rays does not actually increase proportionately with a designated SPF number. For example, an SPF of 30 screens 97 percent of UVB rays, whereas an SPF of 15 screens 93 percent of UVB rays, and an SPF of 2 screens 50 percent of UVB rays. Dr. Draelos also noted that inadequate application of sunscreen may result in a lower SPF than the product contains. “Regardless of the SPF you use, wearing sunscreen should not provide a false sense of security about protection from UVB exposure,” said Dr. Draelos. “No sunscreen can provide 100 percent UVB protection, but using a higher SPF provides greater UVB protection than a lower SPF. It’s important to remember sunscreen must be reapplied regularly and be part of an overall sun-protection plan that includes hats, sunglasses, protective clothing and seeking shade.” Visit www.melanomamonday.org to take the Academy’s “Suntelligence” survey, as well as to find out how to perform a skin self-exam, download a body mole map or find free skin cancer screenings in your area. The “Suntelligence” survey was conducted for the Academy by RH Research of Chicago from January 12 to January 31, 2010. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 16,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org.


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LITTLE LEAGUE ELBOW and baseball overuse injuries

Now we are all under one roof! Greensboro Orthopaedics has consolidated their Benjamin Parkway Office with the Signature Place Office.

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – America’s favorite pastime continues to wield children into skilled little leaguers. Whether practicing the fundamentals of baseball or working on their throwing and swinging form, these young athletes are taking on a fitness regimen that patterns specific repetitive motions, particularly in their throwing arms and elbows. If not conditioned and rested properly, these overworked limbs could result in injury. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2008, nearly 200,000 children aged 14 and younger, were treated in hospitals, doctor’s offices and emergency rooms for baseballrelated injuries. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends that baseball players practice proper form and avoid over-exertion to prevent baseball-related injuries. And parents and coaches must be alert to guidelines for healthy play or signs of pain and trouble. “With youth baseball programs becoming more developed and competitive, it is not uncommon for little leaguers’ bodies to become overworked,” said orthopaedic surgeon, Mark Pinto, MD. “It is great to see American youth be active and passionate about baseball. It’s just important for us, as adults or coaches to monitor the time each player spends on the field, specifically in regards to the number of throws or pitches and to make sure they are using proper form when doing so.” To avoid being stuck in the dugout, the AAOS recommends the following tips to prevent youth baseball injury: •

Always take time to warm up and stretch before and after play. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury, specifically:

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If a child is pitching, he should concentrate on stretching his arm, shoulder and back muscles.

If a child is catching, the focus should be on the legs and back.

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Children should not be encouraged to play through pain. It is important that they take breaks.

Limit the number of teams on which your child is playing in one season. Kids who play on more than one team are especially at risk for overuse injuries.

Wear a batting helmet at the plate, in the “on deck” circle waiting for your turn at bat, and during base running.

Coaches must teach and allow practice of proper sliding techniques before using a bag, including breakaway bases. Players younger than 10 should not be taught to slide.

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Good communication between doctors, players, parents, and coaches is key to diagnosing and treating more significant baseball injuries. Young players may not be able to recall exactly how an injury happened or describe their symptoms in detail (they may even hide injuries because of concern about being removed from play). According to STOP Sports Injuries, 20 percent of children ages 8 to 12 and 45 percent of those ages 13 to 14 will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season. Pitchers should not surpass the number of pitches recommended by USA Baseball Medical & Safety Advisory Committee:

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Sprains and Strains: What Are They and Can They Be Prevented? By Jeff Hathaway, PT, BreakThrough Physical Therapy If your children play sports, there’s a good chance they will leave a game at some point with a sprain or a strain. These are the two most common athletic injuries, making up about 60 percent of all sports-related injuries.

thumb sprains and great toe sprains (turf toe). A strain is an injury to the muscle. Common strains include “pulling your hamstring,” Achilles (heel cord) strain, tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries in the shoulder.

studies on sprains and strains but found only seven met the criteria for high-level study. In essence, these seven were considered reliable enough that conclusions could be drawn from them on best practices.

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain? A sprain is an injury to the ligaments surrounding a joint. Common sprains include ankle sprains, ACL (knee ligament) tears,

Which athletes are most likely to have a sprain or a strain? Adolescents who play pivoting sports – such as soccer, basketball, lacrosse, football and volleyball – are most likely to have these injuries. Females are three to five times more likely to have a serious knee injury than males.

What were the study findings? • Balance training reduced ankle sprains in athletes by 36 percent. This injury prevention technique was even more effective in athletes who had suffered previous ankle sprains. • Prevention programs that combined balance training with a functional strengthening program (i.e., strength training that mimics sports movements), speed/jumping drills and core stability exercises produced even better results (see pictures). With these types of programs, ankle sprains were reduced by 50 percent and knee injuries by 54 percent. • Programs that were effective typically included 10- to 20-minute sessions, done two to three times per week, for at least three months.

What is the typical recovery time? The severity of the injury determines recovery time, which can vary from just 24 hours to many months of rest and therapy. Are these injuries preventable? New evidence suggests they may be. In medicine, we believe it is important to conduct high-level studies before drawing conclusions about the effectiveness of prevention or treatment programs. This is referred to as evidence-based practice. Just this year, we received important information on evidencebased practice for prevention of sprains and strains from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). The ACSM reviewed 32

An athlete balances on a wobble board while moving a medicine ball in the outline of the alphabet. This combines balance training with core stability work.

So the bottom line for young athletes is that proper training may prevent many sprains and strains – and keep them in the game!

An athlete stands on one leg on a foam square while using a 4-lb. ball for strength training. This combines balance training with functional strengthening and core stability work.

AUTHOR BIO: Jeff Hathaway, PT, is the owner of BreakThrough Physical Therapy, which has five locations in North Carolina, including an office inside Spine & Scoliosis Specialists at 2105 Braxton Lane, Suite 101, and an office at 1910 N. Church Street.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EDGE: John Wooden and the importance of sport psychology It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. – John Wooden by Dr. Jennifer Gapin To succeed in sports means that many factors need to align: mental, physical, technical, and tactical. When one piece of that puzzle is missing, it can be difficult to achieve goals and feel satisfied in sport.

with your strengths. This requires doing the little things. What exactly are these little things? A few examples that sport psychologists focus on are building confidence; simulating pressure situations; using imagery to visualize success and correct execution of skills; setting specific, realistic, and measurable goals; practicing positive self-talk; correcting how you deal with mistakes. Doing these little things will facilitate success and help athletes achieve everything possible given abilities in other areas of sport performance. So if you find yourself with some extra “down time” in these hot summer months, think of the little things… think sport psychology!

As a tribute to John Wooden, I think he made this point over and over again in his coaching style: he believed that doing the little things count. Most young athletes would agree, yet few realize that mental training falls under the “little things.” Wooden knew that sport psychology was a key component to the success of his athletes. He is probably most famous for his “Pyramid of Success” which he developed over 14 years during his coaching tenure. Take a look at his pyramid and note how many of these building blocks are mental in nature: That’s right, there are a lot! Wooden truly understood that the mental side is what makes good athletes great and great athletes phenomenal. In an interview with Wooden, a colleague, Anthony Robbins, asked him what some of the most important skills are for athletes to possess. He answered that one was quickness and continued on to state, “To have quickness under control, you have to be balanced, emotionally and mentally balanced. To have the physical balance, you have to be mentally balanced… Balance is keeping things in perspective, not letting yourself get too high or not letting yourself get too low.” So, there it is, to be a great athlete you need to have balance mentally and physically. In order to do this you must recognize your weaknesses and work on balancing them

______ 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 jgapin@mail.barry.edu.

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SPORT CONCUSSIONS: Treatment and Second Impact Syndrome By Keri A. Stokes, MS, LAT, ATC, LMT Keri A. Stokes

In the previous issue, PART ONE of this series defined a concussion as “a brain injury...caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head... that can range from mild to severe and disrupt the way the brain normally works.” The article also described common symptoms associated with a concussion injury. PART TWO repeats those symptoms and discusses the treatment of suspected concussion injuries and why prompt and proper treatment are so important.

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SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSIONS: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Headache Blurred vision Ringing in the ears Nausea, vomiting Sensitivity to light Tenderness or neck pain Numbness or weakness Funny taste in the mouth Confusion, feeling “foggy” Amnesia/memory problems Attention/concentration issues Balance or coordination problems Irritability/emotionality Drowsiness or changes in sleep patterns Loss of consciousness* (*usually results in a referral to the emergency room)

WHAT TO DO: There is much debate going on surrounding concussions but one of the few things that remains consistent across the board is that once an athlete suffers a head injury they are absolutely, positively, without a doubt done with sports for that day and the immediate 24hour period following. As athletic trainers we make no exceptions to this and as parents neither should you. The next best thing you can do for your child is monitor them and schedule a follow up with a physician (preferably a sports medicine doctor) to determine when it may be safe for them to return to activities. At the high school level, athletes are required to be evaluated and released by a physician before they are eligible for return to play which includes practices. Consult your medical doctor on whether or not it is safe to give your child a low dose of NSAIDs to keep them comfortable; sometimes NSAIDs can mask your child’s symptoms making it harder for you to monitor their progress and/or decline. Observe them while they sleep the night of the injury as well as the following morning. Encourage your kids to eat healthy and get as much prescribed rest both physically and cognitively as possible; this may mean no practice, limited school work, no technology like computers, phones, Ipods, movies, etc. If something really does not seem right to you or your child’s condition seems to suddenly take a turn for the worse, get them to the nearest emergency room immediately. It is always better to be safe than sorry. In 8090% of cases, the athlete gradually recovers from a concussion 5-7 days post-injury through conservative treatment.

SECOND-IMPACT SYNDROME: NEVER allow your child to return to play if they have any symptoms. This includes displaying symptoms at rest as well as during or after physical activity. It is typical to keep an athlete out for an additional seven days once they become asymptomatic. This might seem extreme but here’s why. Second-impact syndrome (SIS) is a condition that primarily affects young kids and teenagers whose brains are still maturing. SIS occurs when an athlete sustains a second head injury (even a seemingly minor one) before symptoms from the first injury have resolved. SIS does not cause a brain bleed but causes rapid swelling and herniation of the brain that occurs within 2-5 minutes of the second head injury and at this point it is too late to help the child. Second-impact syndrome is ALWAYS catastrophic – 100% permanent morbidity and 50% mortality. The only way to prevent SIS is to utilize all the tools available to you when the first head injury occurs, when in doubt sit your children out and never, ever allow them to return to play when they are still symptomatic.

TAKE HOME MESSAGE: When your child was born you took a solemn vow as a parent to protect them to the best of your ability and go up to bat for them whenever necessary; this is your chance. You can save not only their sports career but their life as well. You should never be faulted by a coach or anyone else for exercising caution when it comes to your child’s health and well-being. Be very conservative with children and adolescents when it comes to head injuries because their life may very well depend on it. They may get mad at you because they are frustrated and want to play but remind them it’s much easier to miss a few games than a whole season or even worse, a lifetime.

___________ Keri A. Stokes is a Sport & Exercise Psychology Consultant, a Certified Athletic Trainer, and a Licensed Massage Therapist at The Sports Medicine and Orthopaedics Center in Greensboro. If you have questions, concerns or comments regarding concussions or head injuries, please feel free to email the author at k.stokes@sosbonedocs.com. More educational information on traumatic brain injuries and the “Heads Up” program is available from the CDC website: http://www.cdc. gov/traumaticbraininjury/.


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