High school sports: I have fond memories of my 4 years as a cross country runner, the 3 years in track, and my one protest year of playing high school tennis when my school changed coaches for our distance team in track. I have lifelong friendships with several of those teammates and those activities inspired me to be interested in running as a sport I have been able to continue in as I approach 50. We know the benefits of sport and physical activity not only from a physical standpoint but also the academics benefits we see in students who regularly are exercising or involved in sport. But are we dealing with high school sports the right way? Can we do better and provide opportunities and increased participation, especially with the pull of club and travel sports. Today on the podcast we will talk about an effort by the Aspen Institute to reimagine school sports.
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Links from this Episode:
— Aspen Institute https://www.aspeninstitute.org/
— Project Play https://www.aspenprojectplay.org/
— Small Suburban High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/FINAL-2021_Aspen_RSS_SubUrbanSmallSchools-Report.pdf
— Small Urban Public High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/FINAL-2021_Aspen_RSS_UrbanSmallSchools-Report.pdf
— Private High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/2021_Aspen_RSS_PrivateSchools-Report-FINAL.pdf
— Large Urban Public High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/2021_Aspen_RSS_LargeUrbanSchools-Report-FINAL.pdf
— Large Suburban Public High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/2021_Aspen_Suburban-Large-Report_updated2.pdf
— Large Rural Public High Schools Report https://www.aspeninstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021_Aspen_RSS_LargeRuralSchools-Report_FINAL.pdf
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The Host of this Program:
Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.
The Guest Featured Inside this Program
Jon Solomon is editorial director of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program, whose mission is to convene leaders, facilitate dialogue and inspire solutions that help sports serve the public interest. He oversees the program’s communications platforms, edits and writes reports, develops original content, and manages select projects within Project Play, the Sports & Society Program’s leading initiative that focuses on building healthy communities through sports.
Prior to the Aspen Institute, Jon was an award-winning sports journalist covering college football and NCAA issues with 20 national honors in his career. Most recently, he worked as a national college football reporter at CBSSports.com and was vice president of the Football Writers Association of America. At The Birmingham (Ala.) News, Jon twice won national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative stories. He was also a Clemson sports beat writer for The (Columbia, S.C.) State and The Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and covered high school sports for The Washington Post. He has regularly appeared as a commentator on national TV, radio and podcasts.
In Jon’s spare time, he takes turns coaching soccer and baseball teams in Maryland for his two sons, Daniel and Josh, while his wife Mandy teaches kids and often serves as team mom. Josh says he likes his dad’s job at Aspen better than when he was a sportswriter because now “you’re helping kids.”