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The Parent Connection - September

Volume 2 | Issue 9 | September 2014 | Archive
Read the Winning Entries of the
“My Little League Story”
Writing Contest!
Little League® Transcends Generations by Stephen D. Keener, Little League President and CEO
As You Clean Out the Equipment Bag, Consider Donating Gently-Used Playing Gear to Pitch In For Baseball
Safety Spotlight
Little League® Builds Strong Communities and Strong Bones?
There are a lot of benefits to signing your children up for Little League®. It’s safe, fun, and keeps your children active and healthy. But, there is now some science to back up the additional health benefits of playing baseball and softball. According to a recent article in Parents magazine, a study conducted at Purdue University Indianapolis found that people who participated in throwing activities during their youth had greater bone strength as adults. “By exercising during youth you actually make the bones bigger, which results in less breaking and osteoporosis later in life,” said study author Stuart Warden, Ph.D.

The study found that playing sports that include changing direction, jumping, and landing, like baseball and softball, have a positive impact on bone growth, especially when those sports are started during the elementary school years. Not only does Little League teach important life lessons, it may also have a lasting, positive health impact. (Source: Parents magazine)
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The Parent Connection - September 2014 - Archive