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Like many malls around the country, the St. Louis Outlet Mall in Hazelwood has been declining for a while. Today, it’s roughly 92% vacant — but Big Sports Properties has a plan to turn it around. It’s called POWERplex. 

By the end of next month, the developer plans to close on a $63 million deal to create a youth sports-focused venue. The plan is to convert the 1.5 million-square-foot mall structure into six sports venues that will host more than 180 sports tournaments, camps and events. 

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Children with concussions should be able to continue exercising and using electronics, according to new treatment guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

For years, doctors have recommended children who suffered a concussion stay in a dark room with few distractions with the belief it would speed up healing. The new guidance encourages pediatricians to recommend that children engage in moderate exercise and electronics use.

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Following the selection of five St. Louis area players in the first round of this year's National Hockey League draft, officials with the Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL are convinced an outdoor game in January will help build on the sport's already solid footing in the region.

League Commissioner Gary Bettman stopped in St. Louis Tuesday to promote the Jan. 2, 2017, contest between the Blues and Blackhawks at Busch Stadium.

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Engaging in sports can be beneficial to young athletes.  They provide the opportunity to be physically fit, learn discipline and build character in a fun environment.

The fun stops, however, when a sudden and unexpected injury or surprise medical condition intervenes.  This potential is worrisome to parents and coaches as talk and awareness of concussions seem to be at an all-time high.

Host Don Marsh talked with Tony Breitbach, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Saint Louis University, about what can be done to protect young athletes’ health.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 16, 2010 - Jared Hagely couldn't help himself. Suddenly he was in tears. Then he started laughing.

But this wasn't funny.

During a varsity football practice two years ago at Francis Howell High School in St. Charles County, Hagely, then a sophomore, was blindsided by a block during a punt return drill near the end of practice.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 1, 2010 - Emily Isaacs loves playing soccer so much that it hurts.

The sophomore at Ladue Horton Watkins High School is still recovering from a nagging hip injury she exacerbated last spring while starting on her school's varsity team as a freshman. Isaacs' doctor told her that her hip pain was caused from her muscle tearing away from the bone as a result of too much sprinting. That injury came after Isaacs, 15, tore her medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments in her right knee in November. She collided with an opposing player during a game with her club team.