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When to Introduce Sports Bras to Your Tween Daughter

Studies show tween girls drop out of sports at approximately twice the rate of boys at the same age. As parents, we know the benefits of athletics goes far beyond health and fitness, it develops leadership skills, self-confidence, and critical thinking. So why are teen girls leaving the sports they love? Here are two common reasons given by teens. Breast discomfort Self-consciousness about their developing bodies Of all the reasons being cited, these two should not be on the list. Sports bras provide support, reduce breast movement, and can provide a comfortable fit on and off the field. Your daughter may not have enough experience or information to know what she needs, but she does know how she feels. Parents...

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Protein Bars + Youth Athletes

Protein bars are a staple at youth sports games and tournaments. Individually packaged and promising quick energy, they're often chocked full of ingredients that may or may not provide the best nutrition.  Dragonwing Brand Ambassador Abby G. takes a look at these game-day go-to snacks and shares her discoveries.  Pre-Game/Workout Athletes need a snack that is 75% carbs and 25% protein to provide energy, and repair and build muscle during activity.   Check the ingredient list and nutrition label of your favorite snack bar to know if it has the right balance of protein, fats, and sugar. Yes, sugar; it has a bad reputation if it is refined sugar, but not when it comes from natural sources and whole foods such...

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Corie Barry: From Rugby Field to CEO

There's no arguing the fitness benefits for girls playing sports -- but does it really increase their likelihood of success later in life? Athletics teach values that go far beyond the court or field: cooperation, determination, discipline, and how to succeed under pressure.  As more women enter the C-Suite, it's notable how many laid the foundation for their success playing competitive sports early in life. Corie Barry spent much of her career with Best Buy, having served as Chief Financial Officer before being named CEO. Before that, she played college rugby and considered a career in dance. For her, an impressive title and resume must include her husband and two kids, youth baseball games, gymnastics with her daughter, and active...

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This one thing could keep your tween girl in sports

Why do middle school girls quite sports? Thanks to Chris Deacon for her informative article in the Sept 6 issue of Today's Parent.    Studies show that girls start quitting sports in the tween years—this solution might surprise you. Photo: Today's Parent Growing up, Juanita Lee ran track and rowed, but her sport of choice was tennis. She played the game from age six until age 14 when— seemingly overnight— her breasts grew from a 32A to 34DD. The change immediately set her apart from her more petite, flat-chested opponents and made the teenager extremely self-conscious. She hated the sensation of her breasts moving when she ran on the court and how exposed she felt in her scoop-neck tennis dress whose padded...

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