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Health Information For Teens
Sports are a great way to have fun while staying fit. Sports also teach important life lessons like:
But it’s not always easy to keep it together when it feels like winning is everything. Having a healthy attitude about sports and learning to deal with the stress that comes with competing can help you perform your best.
Competing always leads to some stress. And that can be good — a little stress helps the body face a challenge. But too much stress can take the fun out of a sport and make it hard to perform. Besides competing, other things can make athletes feel stressed out, such as:
If you think there might be too much stress around competing, talk to your parents and coach. Making some changes can help, such as:
There will always be some stress in sports, so it’s important to know how to deal with it. Trying different ways during practice helps you know what will work best for you during competition.
You can try:
To keep stress levels down when you aren’t competing:
Sports are about staying active, feeling proud, developing as a player, and making friends. Above all, whether you play on the varsity team or at a weekend pick-up game, the point is to have fun. By keeping that as the priority, you can learn to handle the stress that is a natural part of competition.
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.
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.
There’s good stress and bad stress. Find out what’s what and learn practical ways to cope in this article.
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.
This site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.
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.
How can you get ready to play your best season ever? Read these tips for teen athletes.
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.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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