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July 07, 2014

Study Examines Injury Rates Among Middle School Athletes

Middle school athletes are less likely to sustain injuries than their high school or collegiate counterparts, though female student-athletes are at significantly higher risk of mild injury during practices than games.

June 23, 2014

11-Year-Old Golfer Makes History at U.S. Women's Open

Sixth grader Lucy Li became the youngest-ever qualifier to compete at the U.S. Women's Open this past weekend, winning over fans, media members, and fellow golfers along the way.

January 24, 2014

Concussion Rate for Female Middle-School Soccer Players Higher Than Reported

The concussion rate for female middle-school soccer players is significantly greater than those previously reported for high school and college athletes.

January 16, 2014

NBA Star Kobe Bryant Encourages 'Healthy Competition' in Youth Sports

In a sit-down discussion with former president Bill Clinton, NBA superstar Kobe Bryant suggested that "healthy competition" needs to remain in youth sports.

December 16, 2013

Houston School Board Tentatively Bans 'Culturally Insensitive' Mascots

The proposed policy, which the board unanimously approved, would prohibit the use of any race or ethnic group as a school's mascot or nickname.

November 26, 2013

More Mass. Schools, Student-Athletes Reporting Sports-Related Head Injuries

Middle and high school student-athletes in Massachusetts suffered more than 4,400 sports-related head injuries during the 2012-13 school year, according to data from the state health department.

November 08, 2013

Middle School Football Players Face Charges Stemming From Bullying

Three middle school football players from Sibley-Ocheyedan Middle School in Rock Rapids, Iowa, face misdemeanor charges for reportedly bullying a teammate.

October 11, 2013

N.Y. Times Hosts Roundtable on Pros and Cons of Youth Sports

The New York Times' Room for Debate roundtable blog puts youth sports under the microscope.

July 12, 2013

Girl Kicked Off Football Team Was Told She Might Distract Boys

A 12-year-old Georgia girl was told she could no longer participate on her middle school football team because she might arouse impure thoughts among the male athletes.

July 30, 2012

Should College Coaches Be Recruiting Middle School Athletes?

Both Louisiana State University and the University of Washington made headlines within the last week due to their reported interest in middle-school football players, again raising the eternal question of "how young is too young?" when it comes to recruiting.

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