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New Canaan YMCA Opens New Fitness Space, Supports Cancer Survivors
New Canaan YMCA recently expanded the fitness offerings at its facility. The YMCA repurposed an area for fitness activities using various equipment, and offers LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a fitness program for cancer survivors. (read the story...)

Concussion Risk in Soccer is As High As in Football
Although soccer isn't a high-contact sport like football, children who play soccer are just as likely to get a concussion. Matthew Pecci, M.D., shares what causes concussions in soccer and how coaches can help prevent them. (read the story...)

Rules of Engagement for Responsible Coaches on Social Media
ResponsibleSports.com shares 10 social media guidelines for coaches to follow when interacting with young athletes on Facebook, including creating a coach account rather than use your personal account and creating an interest page for the team. (read the story...)

New Facility for Youth Boasts 'Teacher of Team Sports'
FastBreak Sports, a sports and athletic training facility on the Upper East Side, now offers a program for preschoolers ages 2-5. The preschool program FastBreak Kids teaches youngsters a variety of age-appropriate sports and skills including baseball, basketball, and flag football. The facility also offers teams and leagues for children in Manhattan to improve athletic ability and inspire self-confidence. (read the story...)

Indoor Trampoline Center Opens Deer Park Facility
Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center, recently opened a Deer Park location. The trampoline center hosts birthday parties and fitness classes, and houses 21,000 square feet of trampolines. (read the story...)

Introducing the Close-to-Home Olympic Athletes
Of the more than 200 athletes on Team USA competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, we’ll introduce you to nine athletes who call the NY metro area home. The local athletes will compete in the following winter games’ events: men’s luge, men’s double luge, men’s ice hockey, and women’s ice hockey. (read the story...)

Fenom Fitness Exposes Families to a New Way to Train
Family fitness center Fenom Fitness recently opened in Harrison. Fenom Fitness offers sports training programs that are custom tailored for children ages 6 and older with the goal of making each child a well-rounded athlete. (read the story...)

Children of the Sound Moves to Port Chester
Westchester swim school Children of the Sound recently moved from the Courtyard Marriott in Rye to the Carver Center in Port Chester. The swim school offers individualized private and semi-private lessons to turn children into confident, capable, and safe swimmers. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Advice for Coaching Your Child's Team
Soccer Friends USA co-owner and coach Sean Peckett kicks up great advice for coaching youth sports teams, from tips for coaching your own kids to promoting good sportsmanship for every athlete on the team. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: Should My Child Specialize in a Single Sport?
Wondering if your child is too young to specialize in one sport? Monica Holmes, founder of a youth fitness consulting firm in Harlem, explains what age is best to begin specialization and why your child should try out multiple sports at first. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Should a Parent Respond When a Child wants to Quit his Sports Team?
Sometimes kids outgrow a sport, and that's okay. We asked the owner of Soccer by Coach Fher how to navigate the transition if your athlete decides they want to quit the team. (read the story...)

Afternoon Soccer Program for Elementary Students
Soccer Friends now offers three new programs for children in Forest Hills: an afternoon soccer club, school break day camps, and child care for a monthly parents' night out. (read the story...)

Tots Learn Basketball Skills at First Shot
First Shot Basketball School now offers its Super Tots program for children ages 3-4 in Queens. The program teaches tots the basketball skills and coordination necessary for future participation in the sport. (read the story...)

Long Island JCC Plans to Expand Its Golf Program for Those with Disabilities
The JCC of the Greater Five Towns on Long Island is planning to expand its Play Golf program, which helps kids and young adults with disabilities learn the sport of golf as they get physical exercise and develop socialization skills. (read the story...)

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the New York City Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Looking for a great place to ice skate with your kids? We've rounded up indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, and the suburbs. (read the story...)

A Parent’s Guide to Handling Tricky Coach Situations
Sometimes, it's the coaches and not the kids who need a lesson in good sportsmanship. One therapist offers tips if you're concerned about your child's little league coach's behavior and dugout demeanor. (read the story...)

WNBA Star Tina Charles Hosts Sports Safety Clinic for Kids in Harlem
WNBA star Tina Charles of the Connecticut Sun teamed up with Safe Kids Worldwide to educate kids about sports injury prevention at a Sports Safety Clinic in Harlem's Riverbank State Park on Oct. 12. (read the story...)

14th Street Y Offers Fitness Classes for Kids with Special Needs
The 14th Street Y in NYC's East Village offers the KOL Program, which includes sports, fitness, movement, and music classes for kids with autism and communication disorders or language delays. (read the story...)

'Eat Smart, Play Safe' Campaign Promotes Healthy Lifestyles for Kids
Pop Warner Little Scholars and DSM Nutritional Products have partnered to raise awareness of the importance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles for active kids. (read the story...)

Proper Nutrition Guidelines for Young Athletes
Nutritionist Robin Werner shares nutrition guidelines for young athletes and active children, as well as ideas for healthy snacks for athletic children and how to teach your child to make healthy food choices. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Does Yoga Help Kids with Special Needs?
Lindsay Malejko, co-founder of Prasanthi Studio in Westchester, explains how yoga can benefit kids who have special needs, how yoga classes are modified for children with special needs, and why she recommends yoga for parents of kids with special needs. (read the story...)

Teen Athletes Need Balanced Diets to Perform Their Best
To perform well in sporting events, teen athletes need to eat balanced meals that provide key nutrients. Robin Werner, MS, RD, gives the play-by-play on the proper nutrition necessary for teen athletes, creating a balanced diet, and keeping teen athletes hydrated. Part 1 of a 2-part series: Nutrition for Young Athletes. (read the story...)

Key Nutrients Necessary for Teen Development
Teens, especially teen athletes, have special nutrition needs. Here is a list of nutrients teens need, what foods provide those key nutrients, and what those key nutrients do for the body. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Sure My Child is Safe When Riding Their Bike?
President of Bike and Roll NYC Chris Wogas shares tips for staying safe on a bicycle, including the safety accessories every bike should have, how to tell if a helmet fits properly, proper bike seat positioning, and what to look for in a bike maintenance check before every ride. (read the story...)

Ask the Expert: How Can I Stay Safe While Riding My Bike in Traffic?
Chris Wogas, the president of Bike and Roll NYC, shares tips for riding bikes with traffic and in large groups, as well as how some bike laws differ in each state. (read the story...)


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