Sports

Sports and Exercise Safety
Playing hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.

Connecting With Your Coach
Get the most out of your chosen sport by building a strong relationship with your coach.

Dealing With Sports Injuries
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.

Handling Sports Pressure and Competition
Winning is all that matters when you play sports, right? Not when that means you can't even enjoy the game. Read about how to handle sports pressure and competition.

Nosebleeds
Although nosebleeds are usually harmless and easily controlled, it may look like a gallon of blood is coming from your nose! Read this article to find out what causes nosebleeds and how to stop them.

Dehydration
Your body is about two thirds water. When the water level dips below that level, you could be dehydrated. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.

Testicular Injuries
Serious testicular injuries are relatively uncommon, but testicular injury can be painful. Read this to find out what steps you can take to protect yourself from injury.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is an overuse injury that can cause knee pain in teens, especially during growth spurts. Learn more.

Sports Supplements
Sports supplements are products used to enhance athletic performance. Lots of people who want to improve their performance have questions about how supplements work and whether they're safe.

Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries happen when too much stress is placed on a part of the body, causing problems like swelling, pain, muscle strain, and tissue damage.

Female Athlete Triad
Female athlete triad is a combination of three conditions: disordered eating, amenorrhea (loss of a girl's period), and osteoporosis (a weakening of the bones).

Knee Injuries
Healthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.

A Guide to Eating for Sports
You've prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Read about performance foods, nutritional supplements, and more.

Cold-Weather Sports
Don't let the chill of winter turn you into a couch potato! Read this article to learn about some cool winter sports.

Are Steroids Worth the Risk?
Will using steroids transform you into the most powerful athlete your coach has ever seen? Read this article to learn the facts on steroid use.

Concussions
In a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden - but usually temporary - disruption in a person's ability to function properly and feel well.

Hernias
A hernia is an opening or weakness in the wall of a muscle, tissue, or membrane that normally holds an organ in place. Learning to prevent hernias isn't hard to do - check out these tips.

Sports Physicals
Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do teenage athletes. You can give yourself the same edge as the pros by making sure you have your sports physical.

Exercise-Induced Asthma
Some people have asthma symptoms only when they exercise. This is called exercise-induced asthma. Get some tips for coping with it in this article.

Sportsmanship
Some people define good sportsmanship as treating the people that you play with and against as you'd like to be treated yourself. Learn more about what good sportsmanship is all about.

What Makes a Good Coach?
We ran a survey asking what you think makes a good coach. Here's what you told us.

Your Secrets to Staying Motivated
We ran a survey asking our readers how well they do when it comes to setting and meeting their goals. Here's what you told us.

Asthma: Samantha's Story
Samantha was diagnosed with asthma when she was just a kid. Find out how she's dealt with the ups and downs - and how she thinks playing sports helps her asthma.

Stretching
You may have heard mixed things about stretching before working out. Here are the cold, hard facts on warming up, stretching, and cooling down.

Bursitis
Bursitis, an irritation of the small fluid sacs that provide cushioning in some joints, is often caused by sports-related injuries or repeated use of a particular joint.

5 Facts About Goal Setting
Here are 5 practical tips on goal setting that can help make it easier to set and reach goals.

Choosing the Right Sport for You
If you're having trouble choosing a sport, this article can help!

5 Reasons for Girls to Play Sports
Playing organized sports can help girls do better off the field as well as on. Find out how.

5 Ways to Prepare for Your Sports Season
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.

Should I Exercise If I Feel Sore?
Find out what the experts have to say.

Safety Tips: Skiing
There's a lot to love about skiing, but it can also present some very real dangers, from frostbite and sunburn to blown knees and head injuries. Follow these tips to stay safe on the slopes.

Safety Tips: Sledding
Sledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep yourself safe while sledding, follow these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Snowboarding
Snowboarding is a great way to have fun, but it can also present some very real dangers. Follow these safety tips to learn how to stay safe on the slopes.

Safety Tips: Baseball
Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field.

Safety Tips: Skateboarding
Skateboarding is undeniably cool, but it's also easy to get hurt. Keep it safe while skateboarding with these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Basketball
It may be fun to play and great exercise, but basketball is also a contact sport, and injuries occur frequently. To help make sure you're doing everything you can to stay safe on the basketball court, follow these safety tips.

Jumper's Knee
Jumper's knee is an inflammation or injury of the patellar tendon. Although it can seem minor, it's actually a serious condition that can get worse over time and ultimately require surgery if not treated.

Broken Bones
Bones are tough stuff - but even tough stuff can break. Find out what happens when a bone fractures.

Strains and Sprains
Sprains and strains are common injuries, especially for people who play hard or are into sports. Find out what they are and how to recuperate from one.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
ACL injuries - which are common in active and athletic people - happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
MCL injuries - which are common in active and athletic teens - happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, causing a torn ligament.

Safety Tips: Football
Football is a lot of fun, but since the name of the game is to hit somebody, injuries are very common. To learn how to keep things as safe as possible on the football field, follow these tips.

Knee Injury: Caroline's Story
Caroline loved sports. But when an ongoing knee injury kept her from playing the sports she loved, she discovered new interests. Read her story.

Advice for Athletes From a Gold-Medal Coach
Bob Bowman coaches Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. He shares his thoughts on improving sports performance in this article for teens.

I Got Dizzy Playing Sports: What's Going On?
Find out what the experts have to say.

Runner's Knee
Runner's knee is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.

Ankle Sprains
A sprained ankle is a very common injury that happens when the ligaments that support the ankle get overly stretched or torn. Find out how to avoid ankle sprains and what to do if you get one.

Stress Fractures
It's not always easy to tell if you have a stress fracture, and stress fractures can get worse quickly. This article explains how to prevent and treat them.

Sports Center
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.

Safety Tips: Cheerleading
Cheerleading today requires considerable athletic ability. The more challenging it gets, the greater the risk of getting hurt. Find out how to avoid injuries.

Dynamic Stretching (Video)
These videos guide you through 8 dynamic stretches that target different muscles and areas of the body.

Safety Tips: Field Hockey
Field hockey is a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen. To minimize your risk of injury, follow these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Lacrosse
When everyone's moving so fast and using sticks to sling a solid rubber ball around, injuries are bound to happen in lacrosse. Here's how to avoid them.