Episode 48

Cross-Training for Young Athletes

If the weather outside is frightful, the sprinters and cross-country runners in your house are probably going crazy. But it doesn't have to be that way, if you take advantage of one––or more––of the many cross-training options available in the winter months. In fact, some common running problems, including runner's knee and iliotibial (IT) band syndrome, can actually be helped by cross-training with a winter sport. 

Listen in as Dr. Monica Rho, director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and attending physician in the RIC Sports and Spine Rehabilitation Center, talks about the advantages of figure skating, hockey, downhill and cross-country skiing, and skate skiing for runners of all ages. She also provides some valuable advice about exercises to help prevent and rehabililate common running injuries, as well as some tips for training at elevation.

This is one episode in which parents, coaches, and youth athletes alike can find something to use. So let's get moving!

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TeamSnap Podcast host, Emily Cohen, dreams of living in a world where kids can enjoy sports for the pleasure of a well-hit ball, a faster time, or a corner goal – one without helicopter parents managing their every move. As a youth sports blogger, she’s been honored to write for TeamSnap for over half a decade, and now she’s taking her wit and wisdom to the airwaves with her new podcast that tackles issues relating to youth sports.

As a Cal grad and long-time Bay Area resident, Emily Cohen knows a thing or two about sports. With two very active teenage athletes, she is well-versed in bleacher-sitting and the conduct of sports parents – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Some topics close to her heart include sideline etiquette, injury prevention, and good old-fashioned sportsmanship.

When she’s not on the tennis court, at a game, or managing her kids’ teams, she’s writing snappy marketing copy for technology companies, walking her dog, or learning to play the drums.

Follow Emily’s podcasts and learn more about how to support your children in their athletic pursuits at podcast.teamsnap.com. You can also follow Emily on Twitter at @emilygcohen or email her at [email protected]

Release Date: Jan 18 2016