In the September/October issue, 2009, of RunOhio, “Life Lessons from Cross-Country” first appeared. In this month’s issue, an updated and revised version of the original article is presented. In an attempt to keep our wonderful sport vibrant and relevant in our athletic world, we must sell it and communicate how special it truly is to parents, coaches, athletic administrators, and others who are involved.

During a long run, I snack on M&Ms to boost my energy.
After a hard track workout, chocolate milk is my go-to recovery food!
How bad—or good—is chocolate for me?

As a sports nutritionist, I commonly counsel runners and other athletes who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—generally referred to as ADHD (or ADD). ADHD is characterized by hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. It affects 4-10% of all American children and an estimated 4.4% of adults (ages 18-44 years). ADHD usually peaks when kids are 7 or 8 years old. Some of the ADHD symptoms diminish with maturation but 65-85% of the kids with AHDH go on to become adults with ADHD.

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The OHSAA recently added boys’ volleyball as a sanctioned sport. This will probably not be the last addition to a growing list of official “sports”, as the organization is considering e-sports among its future offerings. Consider this – many states governing organizations who oversee high school extracurricular activities have added squash, rugby, surfing, air riflery, rock climbing, bass fishing, trap shooting, canoe paddling, kayaking, and badminton to their list of sanctioned sports.