Sports Brain Daily August 21, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Thursday, August 21, 2014

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Concussion Newsstand for the week ending August 22, 2014

Concussion related articles and commentary, August 16th through August 22, 2014

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BrainWare Program

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BrainWare

Mental performance is a big determining factor of success in competition. Help your athletes improve their mental abilities by going through our BrainWare program which develops their cognitive skills. This program has a proven track record of success and the skills developed along the way will benefit the athletes academically, personally and professionally.

BrainWare SAFARI strengthens the mental skills children need to be successful – not just for the next test – but throughout their lives.

Award-winning BrainWare SAFARI builds 41 cognitive skills in 6 areas:
• Attention
• Memory
• Thinking
• Visual Processing
• Auditory Processing
• Sensory Integration

BrainWare SAFARI offers 20 unique exercises, and 168 levels of progressive challenges. With the motivation of a video game, BrainWare SAFARI is the complete brain-building package for kids of any age.

Better Mind … Better Life®.

BrainWare SAFARI is endorsed by Sports Brain.

See how the BrainWare program can help your athletes by visiting our website.

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Sports Brain Daily August 20, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 19, 2014

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August 19, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 18, 2014

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Monday, August 18, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 17, 2014

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 16, 2014

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Concussion Newsstand for the week ending August 15, 2014

Concussion related articles and commentary, August 9th through August 15, 2014

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Mental Toughness Academy

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The Sports Brain Mental Toughness Academy is an 8 Module Course that teaches your athletes the fundamentals of Mental Toughness like you’ve never seen before.

Your athletes can developing the skills to block out distractions and overcome poor performance during competition. Using our 8 Module Course we incorporate guided visualizations and other training techniques to teach athletes how to master their thoughts and emotions while playing at their peak level.

• Module 1: You Have Unlimited Potential
• Module 2: Finding Your Motivation and Focus
• Module 3: Intensity without Nervousness
• Module 4: Maximizing Practice and Training Sessions
• Module 5: Positive Thinking
• Module 6: The Power behind Visualization
• Module 7: Mastering Your Pressure
• Module 8: Determination

See how the Mental Toughness Academy can help your athletes by visiting our website!

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Sports Brain Daily August 15, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Friday, August 15, 2014

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ZZZZ – Are You Getting Enough???

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The importance of sleep is often overlooked as an essential component of optimal health and well-being. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that 40 million Americans suffer from sleeping problems and that close to 70% of children experience sleeping issues a few nights a week or more. So now that the summer is nearing an end and the days are beginning to get shorter, let’s discuss some ways we can enhance one of the best methods to boost our body’s physical and mental health.

Believe it or not, sleep is the best medicine, nutrition, and education for your body. Sleep helps your brain work properly and it is imperative for muscle growth and training performance.

First of all, why don’t we get enough sleep? Sleeping problems can be caused by physical or environmental distractions. The 6 top benefits of getting enough sleep are:

• Cardiovascular Health
• Immune System
• Learning & Memory
• Metabolism & Weight
• Mood
• Safety

How much sleep is enough to achieve maximal health benefits? According to the NSF the chart below shows the recommended amounts.

Age Recommended Amount of Sleep
Newborns 16 to 18 hours a day
Pre-school Age Children 11 to 12 hours a day
School-Aged Children at least 10 hours a day
Teens 9 to 10 hours a days
Adults, including seniors 7 to 8 hours a day

Sports Brain is dedicated to protecting and promoting optimal brain health. We know sleeping is a very important aspect of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep is a highly active time for brain development and brain function. Here are some best practices to develop to get enough sleep for the entire family.

Last month we wrote about the importance of developing a morning ritual with your children. It is equally as important to develop a night time ritual as well. Babies sleep all the time as they are growing and developing. When they get to be a toddler, sometimes bedtime can be challenging.

When my 4 kids were young, we made bedtime a special time. Because we essentially had a mini play group of our own, we would all gather in the hallway for special story time. Everyone had a turn to pick a book for me to read. After teeth brushing and getting in pj’s, everyone grabbed their pillow or favorite stuffed animal and gathered round for a story. Then everyone went to their rooms for tuck in time. Smiles and sweet dreams and for all a good night.

Your teenagers are busy with academics, sports and other extracurricular activities; making sure they get enough sleep can be a challenge too. Working out a schedule in advance will help them stay organized and well rested. This will teach them responsibility for their own wellbeing and create lifelong habits for the future. I know when my kids were in high school they actually had a late arrival one day a week. What a great idea on the school’s part and a great morning to sleep in for all. Just reinforce the importance of rest and set an example.

Whether you are a toddler, teen or adult, reading before bed is a nice way to relax. Be sure to have proper lighting to reduce eye strain. Also, listening to soft music, in a cool and dark room, and in a comfortable bed will set you up for a successful night of sleep. Setting the right tone at bedtime will produce positive benefits for all. This is the time to let go of all the activity of the day and rebuild and recover.

Trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day is a good practice too. It’s not only good to teach our children this ritual but important for ourselves and establishes healthy patterns. When you think about it, sleeping is one of the best gifts you can give yourself with so many benefits to your well-being.

I know sometimes distractions get in our way and we put off well needed rest. So napping can be a powerful boost instead of grabbing a cup of java or caffeinated soda or energy drink. A twenty to thirty minute power nap can recharge your personal battery. A quick snooze, perhaps for about 20 minutes in the early afternoon will reset your body with a burst of alertness and increased performance. If you choose to nap directly after a meal, a prone position is recommended, to allow your body to fully digest the meal and avoid heartburn. So take your nap and your body will thank you.

Boost your brain and body function with the best natural nutrient you can give yourself: SLEEP. We are all working hard and playing hard, so rest easy and get your Zzzz.

By Noreen Perl – Director of Community Relations

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Sports Brain Daily August 14, 2014

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Thursday, August 14, 2o14

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Sports Brain Daily August 13, 2014

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Parent’s Perspective

It’s Different, They’re Professionals.

This year’s World Cup reached record viewership in the United States. Over 18 million viewers in the United States were watching the USA vs. Portugal game–an amazing number that illustrates the growing popularity of soccer in this country. More importantly, it illustrates that Americans can enjoy and appreciate the sport of soccer. Our kids are playing soccer in much higher numbers than ever and they appreciate watching as much as playing. As soccer parents, we have learned much about the game and can appreciate the talents of the players on the field, making the World Cup an enjoyable and exciting series to watch.
A lot is said about players “flopping” to try to get calls on the field, but most will agree that many of the hits in soccer are highly violent and cause significant injury. Intentional or not, hits to the head from knees, arms and other player’s heads are commonplace in virtually every game.
One rule that the casual viewer may not understand is that the soccer teams are only allowed 3 substitutions per match. This means that when player receives a “minor” injury they often continue to play or leave the game only for a brief sideline check and quickly return to the game (with the team playing a player short during the sideline check). As observers, it is difficult to watch an obvious head injury occur and then see the player returning to the game so quickly. It is reminiscent of NFL players talking about getting hit in the first half of a game and not remembering what happened in the second half of that same game.

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The more difficult part for me, is explaining this to my kids.

I preach to my kids, and many other kids, about the risks of concussions and the importance of sitting out after being injured. I talk about the long term risks associated with brain injury and the possibility of death when suffering a second concussion, if the first concussion does not have time to properly heal. The question I get in return is “Why is it okay for the professional players to stay in the game?”

My explanation is based on raw numbers and the concept of risk vs. reward. Only 23 of our nation’s best players make it to the World Cup roster out of approximately 775 professional level (including minor league) soccer players in the US. When the numbers are broken down to the high school level, .08% of high school soccer players in the US will make it to the professional level. To translate–that is 1 soccer player out of 1250 high school players. With 18 players on a high school roster–one player out of every 70 high schools would make it to the professional level. So I ask my son–do you think you will be the best player in the nearest 70 high schools? My son may have a bit of an ego but it’s not that big so he replies, “No, probably not.”

Our conversation then turns to the importance of having a back-up plan because the odds of making it to the professional level of any sport are very, very small. Overall, the NCAA estimates that one out of every 16,000 high school athletes makes it to the professional level. For this reason–remember that “Your Brain Matters!”

Professional athletes risk a lot, not only their brains but their entire bodies. The aches and pains of abused muscles and joints live on in former athletes for the rest of their lives. It is not uncommon for former athletes to have joint replacements in their 40’s. They have sacrificed their bodies for their successes in the game–and sometimes the money or fame that comes with it.

As professional players, each has made the adult decision that he/she is willing to make that sacrifice and take that risk. The athlete has already reached that elite level of athletics. As youth athletes, however, the analysis should be much different. Though many injuries can occur, there is no reason to take that risk with your brain. The reward may be great (if you get that far) but the probability of that reward is too small to risk one’s brain power.

As parents, we need to emphasize these probabilities to our children (and to ourselves). We all want to believe our child is the going to be the next great athlete but the odds of that actually happening are rather small. We need to encourage our kids to participate in sports not simply to win, but to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, develop and grow as individuals and make lifelong friends.

Supporting our children in organized sports has many benefits, even if the chance to play professional is very slim.

Protecting our children in organized sports is paramount, as the risk of injury is very real.

By David Bookstaff
VP of Operations

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Sports Brain Daily August 12, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 11, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Sports Brain extends a Welcome to New Organizations

We would like to welcome these organizations that have partnered with Sports Brain to implement comprehensive baseline concussion testing programs for their athletes:

ORGANIZATION SPORT LOCATION
Basha Diagnostics Multiple Michigan
Homer Stallions Football/Cheer Illinois
Middleton Youth Hockey Hockey Wisconsin
Players Indoor Sports Center Multiple Illinois
Polar Caps Hockey Hockey Wisconsin
St. Francis Football Football Wisconsin

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Sports Brain Daily August 10, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Sunday, August 10, 2014

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Sports Brain Daily August 9, 2014

Sports Brain Daily

Saturday, August 9, 2014

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