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Published continually since 1998 -it was a Blog before there was such a word! Presenting news and views - often outrageous, always thought-provoking - on a wide variety of topics, usually related in some way to coaching, to leadership, to citizenship. Items cover coaching, football, football history, education, parenting, kids, other sports, leadership, patriotism - even, sometimes, my Double Wing!
flagFRIDAY,  APRIL 25,  2014"If you're not at the table, you're probably on the menu."   Lee Moak, President of the Airline Pilots Association, explaining why Jetblue's pilots voted to join his union.

*********** A story by Jorge Ortiz in the April 3 USA Today dealt with the growing number of young baseball players requiring Tommy John (elbow) surgery.

Glenn Fleisig, director of research for the American Sports Medicine Institute, in Birmingham, Alabama, attributed the problem to "years and years of specialization."

He went on, "We mathematically, statistically, scientifically have proven kids that play baseball year-round are three times more likely to end up on a surgery table by their 20th birthday than those who don't.

"We live in a day of specialization where kids love one sport and parents love supporting them, and there are baseball centers and travelling teams, so instead of playing various sports and having periods of inactivity, kids are having this unnatural cycle of playing baseball all the time.  That seriously increases their chances of getting hurt. More is not always better."

In short, he said, noting all the strides that have been made in strengthening athletes' muscles,  "the ligaments have not improved as much as the muscles."

MORAL: Instead of fall baseball, those kids should be playing football.  Oh, wait - if they play football they might get hurt.


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