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Concussion Considerations Google+ Hangout

Concussion Considerations Google+ Hangout

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2014-10-20 09:54
 

Youth sports don’t involve the same dangerous blend of power, size and speed as professional sports. However, they still carry risks of physical injury. As a result, certain safety precautions should always be taken to ensure maximum safety during competition.

At Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we encourage parents, coaches and youth athletes alike to educate themselves on where to find information on preventing and identifying injuries – especially head injuries such as concussions.

Our partner Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) hosted a Google+ Hangout on Concussion Considerations to help Positive Coaches and Positive Sport Parents educate themselves on concussions.

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Men's Speed Team Trains in Corralco

Men's Speed Team Trains in Corralco

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2014-10-17 09:34
 

With reports of thinning snow conditions in Portillo, the U.S. men’s speed team called an audible in September and moved its early fall camp to Corralco Ski Area in the southern part of Chile.

The training block, which concluded on Sept. 27, was attended by the men’s World Cup speed team, the men’s multi-team, as well as the men’s Europa Cup speed team.

“It was pretty dry up in northern Chile this winter (in the Southern Hemisphere),” said Sasha Rearick, the men’s head alpine coach. “We were getting reports that it was going to be thin, so we hopped on a plane, flew down there and checked it out.”

Earlier in the summer, head coach Rearick scouted the venue while the French were training. On that visit, longtime “friend of the team” Jimmy Ackerson, now the general manager for Corralco, told Rearick anything and everything is possible.

 


 

Universal Sports Network Unveils Extensive Coverage of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

Universal Sports Network Unveils Extensive Coverage of FIS Alpine Ski World Cup

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2014-10-16 15:22
 

LOS ANGELES, CA (Oct. 16, 2014)Universal Sports Network will present extensive multi-platform coverage of the 2014-15 FIS Alpine Ski World Cup both on air and at UniversalSports.com starting with the season’s opener in Soelden, Austria this October 25 and 26. Continuing through March 2015, Universal Sports will showcase more than 65 international alpine competitions and 100 hours of exclusive television coverage, including the World Cup finals from Meribel, France. In addition, UniversalSports.com is scheduled to live stream more than 250 hours of full event competition for authenticated users.

 


 

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Alice McKennis

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Alice McKennis

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2014-10-13 09:40
 

Youth sports might not seem as dangerous as professional sports, but there are still physical risks involved.

Safety precautions should be taken in every sport, and at Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive™ we encourage coaches and parents to educate themselves on where to find information on preventing and identifying head injuries, especially concussions.

We sat down with U.S. Ski Team standout Alice McKennis to get her thoughts on how youth athletes, coaches and Positive Sport Parents can help provide proper protection of the head.

In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Alice told us that the top priority for everyone involved in skiing should always be wearing a helmet – and wearing one that fits snugly and securely.

“Always wear a helmet and make sure it fits properly!” said Alice.

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Athlete Spotlight: Steve Nyman

Athlete Spotlight: Steve Nyman

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2014-10-10 11:39
 

After finishing 27th overall in men's downhill at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Steve Nyman has been training harder than ever this past summer. "I realized last winter that I needed better endurance in races so that has been a huge part of my summer training. I learned a lot this summer from training 5-6 days per week and constantly monitoring my body," says Steve. With Sochi behind him, Steve is looking to make a push for the 2014-2015 world cup downhill title.

ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT 

Name:
Steven Nyman

Sport:
Alpine/Downhill

How/when did you decide you wanted to compete:
Around 12 years old I decided I wanted to become an Olympian.  

Biggest accomplishment in your career so far:
Two-time World Cup Winner - Val Gardena, Italy 2006, 2012

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Snowmaking Underway at Copper Mountain Resort

Snowmaking Underway at Copper Mountain Resort

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2014-10-01 16:15
 

COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO (Sept. 30) – More than two inches of natural snow graced the slopes of Copper Mountain Resort late Monday night when snowmakers kicked into gear and started snow making operations.

 


 

Demschar to Lead Alpine Development

Demschar to Lead Alpine Development

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2014-09-24 13:22
 

PARK CITY, UT (Sept. 24) – The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has streamlined its national alpine development program leadership to provide greater service to athletes in its clubs and regional programs. USSA Alpine Director has named longtime alpine administrator and development leader Michelle Demschar to oversee the structure as alpine domestic program director. Eric Harlow will continue to oversee USSA Eastern regional programs and has been promoted to USSA Eastern Region development director. Lester Keller will now oversee both USSA Western and USSA Rocky/Central regions as USSA Western/Rocky Central Regions development director. Coaches and managers in each region will report to their respective regional director.
 

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TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Stacey Cook

TAKE 5 with U.S. Ski Team’s Stacey Cook

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2014-09-16 09:05
 

When watching your child play sports, it’s natural to get excited. But it’s also important to make sure you always act as a Positive Sport Parent – on game day and beyond.

Being a Positive Sport Parent means not only keeping your emotions in check on game day, but also always remaining supportive and respectful of your youth athlete – as well as all the other kids and coaches involved in the competition. It’s also vital to remember that as a parent, you have the power to help shape your youth athlete’s attitude about sports.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Play Positive sat down with U.S. Ski team standout Stacey Cook to get her thoughts on what it means to be a Positive Sport Parent.

In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Stacey told us that growing up, her parents always took the time to teach her and her siblings how to navigate the slopes – and life.

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U.S. Men’s Team Scores Ideal NZ Training at Ohau

U.S. Men’s Team Scores Ideal NZ Training at Ohau

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2014-08-26 13:29
 

There hasn’t been much that could be categorized as “normal” at the first summer on-snow camps for the U.S. men’s alpine team. Much work has gone down at new sites, notably a small family-run ski area called Ohau, which drew high praise from head coach Sasha Rearick for catering to every need of the team.

“Mike and Louise were terrific,” said Rearick, referring to Mike and Louise Neilson, the husband/wife owners of the Ohau Snow Fields and Lake Ohau Lodge.

Ohau is a unique ski area even for New Zealand. It is remote and it is the smallest commercial ski area in the country, according to Mike Neilson. “We have good snow. We lay in the south island MacKenzie Basin, a particularly dry area. Several years ago (2008) we made the decision to develop snowmaking, targeting – in our minds – race training groups. We didn’t chase teams in the first years but continued to develop so we would be suitable. Three years ago Sasha came by on a scouting trip and checked it out.”

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