Author: Dan Peterson

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  • Top Soccer Clubs Learn To Predict And Prevent Injuries (Feb 5th, 2014)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s sports science writer.

    Each week in the world’s top soccer leagues, injuries take an expensive toll.  Millions of dollars of talent left on the substitutes bench or back in the training room, risking their team’s place in the standings.

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  • How Music Helps You Move (Dec 5th, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.

    If you visit any gym, weight room or running track, you are sure to see the same critical training device being worn by athletes of all ages – a pair of headphones connected to their portable music.  Without it, workouts seem out of sync, longer and more difficult.  Researchers have told us for years that there is a motivational link between exercise and music, but an interesting new study has now discovered that the connection goes even deeper, especially when an athlete can create his or her own beat.

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  • Why We Need To Keep Kids Moving At School (Nov 4th, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.

    Ask a group of grade school students to name their favorite class and the overwhelming and immediate response is “recess!”  Kids are not wired to sit still for hours focused on learning math equations or memorizing facts.  They’re built to move and need the time in their day to unplug their brain and restart their legs.  However, school administrators and teachers are facing growing pressure to reduce this play time in favor of more instruction time to meet tougher academic standards.  Two new research studies argue that would be counterproductive showing that exercise and aerobic fitness are key contributors to cognitive performance.

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  • Set Your Marathon Goals Carefully (Oct 28th, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.

    In the month of October, thousands of runners are nearing the end of their summer-long training schedules for their autumn marathon race.  For some, that may mean taking a realistic look at a goal that was made 3-9 months ago to make sure that they are prepared for the grueling mileage left to conquer.

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  • Injuries Rise For Overweight Youth Athletes (Sep 23rd, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.

    With the arrival of the Fall sports season, many high school and college athletes are finding out if their off-season nutrition and workout program was effective, adequate or non-existent.  Those that spent the summer at fast food restaurants instead of the gym are struggling with the extra pounds while they suffer through the August heat of “two a day” practices.  While we don’t typically think of athletes struggling with weight issues, they face the same battle as the general public in making the right choices and understanding their body’s unique metabolism.

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  • Why Athletes Bonk (Sep 19th, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.

    It’s late in the fourth quarter, the third period, stoppage time or even that last mile.  That is when athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists and coaches find out if all of that investment of time and money in physical endurance training was worth it as they watch to see if their athletes will have enough left in the tank to finish.  Often though, its not necessarily the muscles or physiological systems that shut down but rather the brain in an overprotective mode.  Researchers at the University of Copenhagen think they have found the exact process that contributes to this sense of fatigue while engineers at the University of California – San Diego are piloting a wearable patch that can warn when an athlete is about to hit the wall or “bonk”.

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  • Research Says Young Athletes Need More Than Just Practice To Succeed (Aug 27th, 2013)

    By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes

    The 10,000-hour theory has become the American dream for developing athletes. Just work hard enough and your gold medal, Hall of Fame, championship ambitions can come true. It is achievable, measurable and finite.

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  • Why Kids Quit Sports (Aug 14th, 2013)

    For many elite team coaches, the greater challenge in developing top young athletes is not improving the ones on your team, but rather finding the talented kids that got away from the sport.

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  • What We Don’t Know In Athletics Can Hurt Us (Jul 1st, 2013)

    What we don’t know can hurt us.  Those words are true across much of sports, but especially when dealing with kids.  Young athletes depend on parents and coaches for knowledge and guidance for the few decisions left up to them.  How much to train, how much to listen to their bodies and how much to rest are influenced by the advice of adults.

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