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Op-Ed: Football Can Inspire Future STEAM Leaders

The U.S. News and World Report – Kelvin Beachum, Jr. and Jesse Lovejoy

“Football and STEAM education might not seem like a logical tandem on the surface. Through deeper exploration, we discover these seemingly opposite activities are a complementary match in inspiring young people to explore new subjects and further define their passions, futures and career opportunities. The game of football is influenced by fundamental principles of science and incorporates subjects from physics to geometry to material science. Applying these concepts can be the ultimate common denominator for kids entering a formal or informal learning environment with questions about why STEAM matters, why it’s relevant or why it’s cool. Solving for that last question is crucial to engagement.”(more)

Water outperforms sports drinks for young athletes

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Most youngsters don’t exert themselves at an intensity or duration that requires the extra sugar and salt contained in sports drinks, said Dr. Matthew Silvis. He is director of primary care sports medicine at Penn State Health Medical Center. “Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that,” Silvis said. “Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it,” he added in a university news release. Also, giving children sports drinks with extra sugar puts them at risk for weight gain and tooth decay, Silvis and his colleagues noted.”(more)

For high school football players, just a season of play brings brain changes

The Los Angeles Times – Melissa Healy

“Without sustaining a single concussion, a North Carolina high school football team showed worrisome brain changes after a single season of play, a new study has shown. A detailed effort to capture the on-field experiences of 24 high school football players showed that, at the end of a single season of play, teammates whose heads sustained the most frequent contact with other moving bodies had the most pronounced changes in several measures of brain health.”(more)

NBA, Discovery Education partner to make math appealing to nation’s youth

USA Today – AJ Neuharth-Keusch

“Imagine, just for a second, that you’re in a middle school math class. The question in your textbook: If eight of your 12 classmates are right handed, what percentage of classmates are left handed? Now imagine you’re in that same math class, but the question reads: Stephen Curry made eight of his 12 three-point attempts in last night’s game against the Boston Celtics. What was his percentage?.”(more)

Extra physical education classes may benefit bone health in girls, study shows

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Moderate to high impact sports such as gymnastics, basketball, or football have been shown to benefit bone mass, structure and strength – with benefits particularly apparent during pre-and early adolescence. A long-term study carried out in four Swedish schools evaluated whether extra physical education classes would have an impact on bone parameters in growing children. The seven-year study specifically measured the impact of school-based exercise on tibia cortical bone mass distribution. A total of 170 children (72 girls and 98 boys) from one school were provided with 200 minutes of physical education per week, and three other schools (44 girls and 47 boys) continued with the standard 60 minutes. The participating schools were within the same geographic area, with a similar socioeconomic and ethnic structure.”(more)

Important News for Student Athletes: Removal from Play Crucial for Post-Concussion Recovery

Education World – Nicole Gorman

“For student athletes, going back to school also means getting back into the game. After a string of particularly deadly seasons in high school football, some new information about post-concussion recovery is important for student athletes and their support to know. New research indicates that not only could continuing to play after suffering from a concussion a potentially fatal move, it could take the sufferer twice as long to recover.”(more)