Archive for March 2011

Wrestler Anthony Robles Not The Only Inspirational Story In Town; Boise State Gymnast Amy Glass Certainly Knows The Score

Geez, how much inspiration can a guy take in one month. First comes that story of the one-legged wrestler from Arizona State, Anthony Robles, winning an NCAA Championship, then up pops another story about Boise State gymnast Amy Glass who launched a successful comeback from a likely career ending injury–a broken neck!!! Yes, you read... Read more »

Loophole In High School Athletic Code Sends Wrong Message!!!

Nazareth Area School Board to consider revisions to code of conduct, published at, details what can happen when consequences for athletic code violations are not fully thought through. Two wrestlers at Nazareth Area High School (Nazareth, PA) were charged with “possession with intent to distribute marijuana” last summer and were to be suspended from... Read more »

Texas State Championship: High School Hockey At Its Worst!!!

If you are still on the fence as to whether high school sports has the ability to send the wrong message as much as it can send the right message, you might want to take a look at this:  (WARNING:  Profanity)   And don’t miss the more comprehensive video in the story in the link below where a... Read more »

Sports, Drugs, Alcohol, Athletic Codes and High School: Some Just Don't Get It!!!

A recent article in the Examiner (, titled ‘Just Say Know’ takes an unexpected turn, was originally expected to be a series focusing on “the pressures your child faces to use drugs and alcohol and how those pressures relate to their roles as athletes.” An interesting play on words, this title, as the inference “Just... Read more »

NFL Looking To Make HGH Testing Part of the "DEAL"

As reported by Alex Marvez at, it looks as if the NFL is moving toward a more comprehensive approach to leveling the playing field when dealing with performance-enhancing drug use. Their proposed agreement supports testing of players for HGH, a test that is only accomplishable through blood analysis. In the past, the players’ union... Read more »

Arizona State Wrestler Anthony Robles Wins Division I NCAA Championship With One Leg

Arizona State Wrestler Anthony Robles Wins Division I NCAA Championship With One Leg
It never ceases to amaze me how some athletes are able to find ways to overcome challenging obstacles that stand in their way. In fact, they don’t even see their circumstance as an obstacle but simply as a piece they must work through, even turning what most would view as something insurmountable into an advantage.... Read more »

Character Building In Competitive Sports, Real Or Imaginary?

“Sports build character.” Ever hear that statement before? I know I have as the traditionally-held notion of character building has been associated with competitive sports as long as I can remember. However, this notion has come under fire by some, maybe many, as the news media consistently exposes the “bad” behavior of a good number... Read more »

National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Gives Guidelines For Overuse Injury Prevention

When discussing topics that focus on the genuine health and safety concerns for athletes, I like to seek out information from those who deal with such things on a regular basis. One group I would have to include in this discussion would be athletic trainers. The importance of, and weight behind, suggested guidelines these individuals... Read more »

Washington Post Highlights AP Story On USADA Research Of Athletes, Drugs, & Ethics

I have to applaud The Washington Post for their interest in the Associated Press’ highlighting of recent research (by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) into opinions of adults, athletes, coaches, educators, and kids on the use of PEDs  by athletes. Based on how often unethical behavior, drugs and athletes are connected in the media, you might... Read more »

High School Sports: High School & Private Coaches At Odds

Twenty or thirty years ago, the high school coach (in almost every sport) was the main, and sometimes only, source for technical sports training available to the high school athlete. And most of the “coaching” was done during the season with some offseason training (for some sports), all handled by the coaching staff of the... Read more »