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Training and Performance

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.

Strength Training
Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.

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

Caffeine
Caffeine has probably helped you through long nights of studying or filling out college applications. But how much do you know about caffeine and its side effects?

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.

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.

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.

Energy Drinks and Food Bars: Power or Hype?
Energy drinks and nutrition bars often make big promises. But when you cut through the hype, what are you really getting? Find out here.

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.

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.

Stop Smoking: Your Personal Plan
This interactive feature helps you come up with a plan to stop smoking.

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: Hockey
As fun as it is, ice hockey carries a very real risk of injury. To find out how to stay as safe as possible, follow these 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.

Safety Tips: Soccer
Soccer is easy to learn at a young age, and it's great exercise. But it's also a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen. To help prevent mishaps, follow these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Golf
While it may seem silly to think of golf and danger in the same sentence, injuries can and do happen. To learn how to stay safe on the golf course, take a look at these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Tennis
Injuries in tennis are rare, but it's good to be aware before you play. To minimize your risk of injury while playing tennis, follow these safety tips.

Safety Tips: Running
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.

Safety Tips: Inline Skating
Inline skating is good exercise and an excellent off-season training program for hockey and skiing. To stay safe while inline skating, take a look at these tips.

Safety Tips: Gymnastics
Gymnastics is a great sport and a fun way to get a muscular, toned body. But, it also presents a very real risk of injury. To keep things safe during practice and competition, follow these tips.

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.

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.