Fitness/Nutrition

The Eyes Have It

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I recently had the opportunity to speak with optometrist Gary Nesty about sun exposure and our kids’ eyes. Please share the information below with your child and his/her coach to help our kids stay healthy out there.

What type of impact does the sun have on eyes, especially eyes of a growing child/teenager?  

Due to the diminishing ozone layer in the atmosphere, outdoors our eyes are exposed to more UV light than ever before. UV wavelengths are invisible to the human eye but still can damage More >

Giving Kids Their Five Years Back

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While in New York at the US Open, I was invited to cover the launch of USTA’s new initiative – in conjunction with Childhood Obesity Awareness Month – to get kids more physically active. USTA is partnering with the national governing bodies (NGBs) of several youth sports organizations to encourage parents, educators, city planners, and the medical community to create opportunities for children to move their bodies through dance, sport, and play. For the first time in history, children of the More >

Boys Will Be Boys Update

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We just got back from the orthopedist.  The Good News is that there is nothing torn or broken in my son’s knee.  The Bad News is that he has to continue to avoid any lateral movement on the tennis court for the next 2-3 weeks while the bruising continues to heal.  That means no camp with Carlos Goffi next week, which is a big bummer for sure!  But, it also means no physical therapy and no surgery, which is a HUGE RELIEF!

On another note, I got word today that I’ve been approved to have Media More >

Boys Will Be Boys

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Three weeks ago, I got a call at work from my son.  “Mom,” he said, “I woke up this morning and my right knee was killing me.  I can’t bend it without it hurting really bad.  Can you please take me to the doctor?”

Of course, my first question was how did he injure it.  His answer was that he didn’t know, that he just woke up with it hurting, that maybe he slept on it funny or something.  Given that he had spent the night at a friend’s house, and given that some other boys had been over hanging More >

USTA on Supplements

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Given all the talk about doping in sports these days, I thought y’all might be interested to read what USTA has to say about supplements for junior tennis players. This type of educational information is exactly what I’d love to see more of from our tennis federation.  Thank you to Adirondack Tennis for posting this information!

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Sometimes You Just Need A Break

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After playing 3 tough tournaments over the past 5 weekends – with 4 back-to-back tourneys looming ahead on the schedule – my son got sick.  Nothing serious, mind you, but just the kind of exhaustion-inspired viral junk that makes you feel like garbage.  It came on slowly at first but then hit like gangbusters the day before we were supposed to leave for the ITF event in South Carolina.  He begged me to call the doctor for an antibiotic in hopes that he could feel good enough by the next day to More >

Nutrition, High-Tech Style

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My son’s fitness trainer had a little chat with him last week about his nutritional needs and how best to meet them.  My son is growing taller but is still lacking in the “cushioning” category – i.e. he’s all lean body mass with very few physical reserves or extra fat on his frame.  His tennis coach (and his mother!) thinks he needs to bulk up a bit in order to have enough stamina to withstand the physical demands of competing in the Boys 18s.

The trainer told him, based on his height and More >

You Gotta Have Faith

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A big thank-you to my amazing yoga instructor, Lisa Jones, for the quote above.

Sometimes I get a major wake-up call which catches me totally off guard.  This weekend’s tournament was one of those.

The week leading up to the tournament was a rough one for my son.  He came down with a cold/sinus infection on Monday and immediately started taking a antibiotic in hopes that he would feel significantly better by the Saturday start day.  All week, he shortened his practices, even resorting to More >

If You Can’t Stand the Heat . . .

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For the past several days, the outside temperature has moved into triple digits here in Atlanta, so I figured I’d write a little about how to help our junior players stay healthy in the extreme heat.

What is heat-induced cramping?  According to Dr. Scott Riewald, USTA’s Administrator of Sport Science, heat cramps come from dehydration and electrolyte loss that result from sweating.  There are other factors (e.g. anxiety, psychological stresses) that can contribute to heat cramps as well.  The More >

Help Yourself!

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Have you noticed all the medical time-outs and trainer visits the pros seem to be having during their matches in recent years?  Sometimes they’re necessary,  but sometimes they’re a strategic move on the part of the player to shift the momentum of the match or take a time-out to regroup after a rough patch.  In either case, I think it’s time for professional tennis to take a lesson from the juniors and teach the players how to care for themselves court-side or just resign themselves to the More >

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