The Original Mission of Youth Sports Magazine in 1978
The Dangers of Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion!
Youth Sports Magazine was originally inspired and created in December 1978 as a crusade to save children’s lives by educating coaches about the dangers of dehydration and heat exhaustion.
This was after the unfortunate death of a young football player due to dehydration resulting in heat exhaustion. The young player was denied water by the coach because of an old myth that if you allowed players to drink water they would become “waterlogged” and not perform well.
As a former little league coach in Jacksonville and Atlanta, I decided to publish a youth sports oriented magazine ‘wrapped around’ the important feature article on health safety, an interview with a local doctor about the dangers of heat exhaustion.
Although safety was the major crusade of the magazine, after discussions with parents, we added photos and sports related articles to create the first “jr. sports illustrated” type of magazine in America (to the best of our knowledge). (No affiliation with the subsequent Sports Illustrated for Kids magazine that was published many years later).
T. F. “Terry” Machaby