Rocky Top Sports World Blog

Beautiful photo of the city of Gatlinburg at sunrise.

Rocky Top Sports World and the City of Gatlinburg Welcome Visitors in 2017

Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we are pleased to report that Gatlinburg, TN is open for business in 2017! Although our Smoky Mountain city has faced many trials in the wake of the wildfires that broke out in late November, we are far along the road to recovery. Since Gatlinburg officially reopened on December 9, 2016, hundreds of thousands of visitors have returned to the Smokies to enjoy everything the area has to offer. To mark the new year, Rocky Top Sports World has put together a guide to everything we’re looking forward to in 2017. Read More

Young athletes training on exercise balls.

The Best Core Training Techniques for Young Athletes

Although it doesn’t always receive the same attention as arms and legs, the core is one of the most important parts of the body. Regardless of what sport they play, every young athlete needs a strong core to succeed. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, the “core” is just another name for your lower torso, which encompasses the abdominals, obliques, and back muscles. To help you make the most of your workout, Rocky Top Sports World has put together a convenient guide to core training. Read More

Coach Phillip Fulmer working with kids at his football camp at Rocky Top Sports World.

4 Things to Look For When Selecting a Youth Sports Camp

Attending a youth sports camp is a great way for young athletes to sharpen their skills outside of their school or travel team. The best camps offer invaluable instruction from accomplished athletes and coaches that you won’t find anywhere else. However, not all of the camps out there are worth your money. To help you select the right camp for your child, be sure to look for these four things as you do your research: Read More

Defenders tackling a running back during a football game.

3 Ways Young Athletes Can Improve Stamina and Endurance

Whether they play football, basketball, soccer, or virtually any other type of sport, young athletes need to have good stamina and endurance. Even if you are a pro at making jump shots or an all star on defense, if you get winded 25 minutes into a game, you’re not going to be playing at your full potential. Read More

A young athlete with a football on the field.

4 Helpful Tips for Balancing Academics and Athletics

If you’re a student athlete, we have some good news for you! While juggling your academic and athletic obligations can be challenging, studies have shown that making the extra effort can pay off in a big way. When compared with students who do not play sports, student athletes consistently have higher GPAs, more positive attitudes about school, and more interest in going to college. In short, being an athlete makes you a better student. Read More

A young athlete sitting in the grass while eating an apple.

Eating Like a Champ: 4 Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

While eating healthy is important for everyone, it is absolutely essential for young athletes! Playing sports requires athletes to be at their best, and that means giving your body the fuel it needs to succeed. To help you prepare for your next tournament at Rocky Top Sports World, our team has put together four nutrition tips for young athletes. Read More

Two boys competing in a taekwondo tournament.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the History of Taekwondo

Taekwondo is one of the most popular martial arts across the globe. Originating in South Korea, this fighting style is known for its head-height kicks and lightning fast moves. Here at Rocky Top Sports World, we love to host taekwondo tournaments at our 86,000 square foot indoor complex! To prepare for our latest taekwondo event, we have put together five interesting facts about the history of taekwondo: Read More

A beautiful winter photo of Gatlinburg covered in snow.

Winter Fun at Rocky Top Sports World and Gatlinburg, TN

Winter is one of the very best times to visit Gatlinburg, TN! During the holiday season and the first few months of the new year, our Smoky Mountain city is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with dazzling Christmas lights and (if we’re lucky) snowcapped peaks. Rocky Top Sports World is hosting some great tournaments this winter, so you can enjoy everything Gatlinburg has to offer while you’re in town for an athletic event. Read on for a quick look at all of the winter fun happening in the Smokies this year. Read More

Young women in uniforms playing a game of basketball.

Scientific Study Finds That Athletes Make Better Decisions Under Pressure

It is no secret that playing sports comes with a variety of important physical and mental benefits. Participating in athletics has been linked with everything from healthy weight maintenance to high self esteem.

Although it may get less attention, playing sports has also been correlated with another important trait: making better decisions under pressure. Scientists have found that playing sports can focus the brain in a way that often makes athletes better decision makers than non-athletes. Rocky Top Sports World has put together a brief summary of a fascinating study on this topic. Read More