KC Royals enhance pitching depth with four additions

KC Royals enhance pitching depth with four additions

With the major league baseball free agent market moving at a historical glacial pace, the Kansas City Royals have made some under-the-radar moves to address More »

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports More »

Mizzou’s Kevin Puryear is more productive with less court time

Mizzou’s Kevin Puryear is more productive with less court time

In a year featuring no shortage of change for Mizzou basketball, the season started far from familiar for junior Kevin Puryear. Puryear, a 6-7 power More »

Devonte’ Graham undeniably is Kansas Jayhawks’ leader

Devonte’ Graham undeniably is Kansas Jayhawks’ leader

Devonte’ Graham is pushing hard and he can’t stop. Not now, not after three years of living his dream of playing for powerhouse Kansas basketball More »

Royals will have big shoes to fill for the 2018 season

Royals will have big shoes to fill for the 2018 season

There will be baseball at Kaufman Stadium in 2018, but the Kansas City Royals of the past six years will not look anything like the More »

 

Can sleep give sports teams an advantage?

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Though we are learning about problems created by concussion in sports, we know virtually nothing about the sleep disorders those concussions can cause.

What do we know about sleep and sports? Everyone “knows” athletes tend to do better after a good night’s sleep.  But what’s the data?

A 1991 study showed sleep loss hurt a cyclist’s performance, and it did it by making the cyclist work harder, and get less for the energy expended, by causing more anaerobic metabolism, and increasing lactate production.

The dangers for one sport athletes

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In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury. 

Concussion: Your brain is your most important asset – so protect it!

We’ve all seen our favorite professional athlete sidelined with a concussion, but they’re actually even more common than you’d think at any age. The CDC reports that one in five high school athletes will experience a sports-related concussion during their sports season.

The number of reported sports-related concussions has also doubled in the past 10 years. Major League Baseball and the National Football League have concussion protocols before allowing a player to return after a head in injury.

Understanding how to prevent concussions, as well as knowing the symptoms, is vital for the safety of all athletes.

Wellness issues holding you back? Ways to achieve your goals in 2018

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Do you have recurring wellness issues that prevent you from reaching your full sport potential? Are you like so many others who will start 2018 committed to crushing your performance and/or fitness goals only to hit barriers a few months from now that hold you back?

Do you ever feel like your best years are behind you or your peers are out performing you? It’s time to make a plan for 2018 to ensure that this year you achieve the success you desire.

Heartland Soccer Association Awards Gala set for February

Heartland Soccer Association will cap off another successful year with an awards banquet on February 3 at the Museum at Prairie Fire.

The Second Annual Awards Gala will start at 7 p.m. with more than 300 people expected to attend.

Last year’s banquet was a rousing success and tickets are expected to sell quickly for this year’s event.

“People were really honored (last year),” said Heartland Soccer Special Events Manager Wendy Reyes. “Everybody was excited to get together outside of soccer games. We expected 70 people and we ended up selling out.”

Kareem Hunt has great rookie season and captures the NFL Rushing crown

First impressions often tell a lot. Judging by the first impression Kareem Hunt made on the Kansas City Chiefs, he should not now be in a tight race for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Kareem Hunt fumbled on his very first NFL carry. It was an inauspicious beginning for the third-round pick with the low-profile background from Toledo.

But Hunt didn’t let it bother him and rebounded for three touchdowns as the Chiefs stunned the defending champion Patriots 42-27 in the season opener. Hunt’s 246 total yards set an NFL record for the most yards from scrimmage for a first career game.

Coach Dana Hoeper establishes girls golf dynasty at Notre Dame de Sion

Coach Dana Hoeper has built one of the best high school girls golf programs in the state of Missouri at Notre Dame de Sion. She has guided the high school to six state championships and has had a player finish first at state five times.

It all started with her family’s love of golf.

“I come from a family of golfers, although I never played when growing up. I didn’t start playing until I got married and my husband wanted to play, so we joined Blue Hills and it started then,” Hoeper said. “I’ve always loved the game and still do.”

A look back at the Top 10 Kansas City sports moments in 2017

As we start into the New Year, let’s look back at the Top 10 headlines and see what made 2017 great for Kansas City sports fans.

While 2017 was not as exciting as some previous years, like the Royals’ 2015 World Series championship, there was still so much that left fans of every team around the area happy at the end of the year.

Mizzou’s Kevin Puryear is more productive with less court time

In a year featuring no shortage of change for Mizzou basketball, the season started far from familiar for junior Kevin Puryear.

Puryear, a 6-7 power forward, started 63 consecutive games over a two-year stretch where the Tigers fared 18-45. He was the only player besides Jonathan Williams III to start each game over his first two seasons since Mizzou moved to the SEC in 2012.

Devonte’ Graham undeniably is Kansas Jayhawks’ leader

Devonte’ Graham is pushing hard and he can’t stop. Not now, not after three years of living his dream of playing for powerhouse Kansas basketball and working tirelessly to become one of the best players in the country to lead the Jayhawks to the Final Four.

After playing somewhat in the shadow of star players, like Perry Ellis early and National Player of the Year Frank Mason III last season, this is Graham’s time, to fully embrace being the go-to guy and true team leader — both on and off the court.