Growth as an Athlete

Healthy Knees 4 Our Girls

Healthy Knees 4 Our Girls: Did you know that girls are 8 times more likely to suffer an ACL injury than boys? (National Institutes of Health Medicine Plus. An Athlete’s Nightmare: Tearing the ACL. Accessed August 7, 2013) I have also read that by the age of 14 years, girls have 5 times . . .

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National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – Showing Your Support

National Women’s Health & Fitness Day – Showing Your Support: On Wednesday, September 25th, women (and girls) have cause to make a statement by engaging in physical activity. Sure, every day we all have an abundance of health-related reasons to balance our days with some . . .

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Supporting Our Athletes Young and Older

Supporting Our Athletes Young and Older: Over the past week, the Game On! staff has been making a deliberate effort to discuss women’s sports with all of our campers. We have been talking to them about Chicago’s women’s pro sports teams (Bandits – softball; Sky – basketball; Red . . .

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A Reflection From Opening Week – Game On! Lake Forest

A Reflection From Opening Week – Game On! Lake Forest:   Each day at Game On!, I take the time to observe and listen. Whether interacting with the youngest or oldest, the dynamics are always so interesting and enlightening. This year, opening day was among the most heartwarming. As we . . .

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To Play Up or Not to Play Up – That is the Question

To Play Up or Not to Play Up – That is the Question: Starting at rather tender young ages and continuing on through high school, girls are sometimes given the choice of playing with the older team, also known as “a level up.” Whether asked because of size, potential, true abilities, . . .

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Teaching Girls to Play Tough Against Friends

Teaching Girls to Play Tough Against Friends: One of the advantages of youth sports is playing on and bonding with teams throughout the years. Taking this benefit even a step further, kids tend to play against the same local or regional teams from year to year. Your kids start recognizing the . . .

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“Girly” Girls Can Be Athletes Too

“Girly” Girls Can Be Athletes Too: I was at a 2012 holiday party when I heard a young father claim with certainty “my 2-year-old daughter is too much of a Girly Girl to ever play sports.” I have to admit that I was taken aback by the comment for a few different reasons.   First of . . .

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