Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears – how to tackle such a common injury


There are certain injuries that will occur with athletes and seem to bring some familiarity to parents when they hear the diagnosis.  One such injury that seems to be more prevalent than most are Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears in our youth athletes.  It seems that more athletes have been dealing with this injury at a younger ages in middle school and very commonly in high school.  Although the majority of these ACL tears seem to be targeted towards young female athletes as compared to their male counterparts the problem is still too prevalent. The rise of such injuries seem to be … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Concussions – Nutrition, when hunger strikes, what’s the best fuel?


When it comes to food and choices of what to eat before and after competition the views are varied across the board depending on who you speak with.  When it comes to the proper nutrition of young athletes I urge parents to think simple.  Young athletes are still growing and need a variety of nutritional foods from their daily intake. Ideally staying away from foods containing high preservatives and fast food meals are the obvious starting points.  The problem with many young athletes is they don’t exactly have a high tolerance for trying new foods. The best tips for parents when it comes … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: Dreams


Have you ever had someone tell you that you are not good enough? Or that you just don’t have what it takes? As an athlete we have all been in this situation before, some more than others. There always seems to be negativity coming from a coach, a parent, a teammate, or siblings. I am here to tell you how to push these “dream stoppers” out of your life so you can continue on your road to success! How you think is everything:  Think positively in every situation or opportunity. Visualize success and not failure and avoid negative environments and people. The best response to a negative person … [Read more...]

Enea’s Corner: What College Coaches Look For

The biggest question young baseball and softball players always ask me is, “What are college coaches looking for while recruiting?” There never is just one answer for this question. Each college coach looks to improve their program each year, constantly looking to fix their weaknesses. It depends on what that specific program needs that year; contact hitter, shortstop, pitching, power hitter, or just in general an athlete to mold. Below I have listed key qualities that every college coach loves to see! Work ethic: Coaches want players that will dedicate all of their time and efforts to the … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Concussions – not an injury to play through


Probably one of the most serious injuries that occur during organized sports are concussions.  Often times for parents and coaches, it is more difficult to identify the injury and know its severity.  Unlike a broken bone or a sprained ankle that is visually easier to identify, a concussion can be less obvious to the untrained eye.  Concussions are caused when the head is struck, and the force of the blow causes the brain jostled within the skull. With concussions most people think of an extreme play in hockey or football where an athlete is laid out and appears unconscious.  There is actually … [Read more...]