Health & Safety
The number of children treated in emergency rooms for traumatic brain injuries sustained at a playground increased significantly between 2005 and 2013, according to a study to be published in the journal Pediatrics.
New rules and recommendations regarding heading in youth soccer issued in November 2015 by a number of national and California soccer organizations have generated significant controversy, with some criticizing the rules as going too far and some as not going far enough. Not surprisingly, Dr. Frank Webbe, a prominent researcher on the subject of heading in soccer and a longtime supporter of a ban on heading in soccer below age 14, favors the new rules, despite the lack of data to establish their effectiveness.
Early identification and removal from play in case of suspected concussion is not only critical to avoiding longer recovery and increased risk of more serious, potentially catastrophic brain injury, says Dr. Elizabeth M. Pieroth, but because an athlete who keeps playing with concussion is more likely to suffer an orthopedic injury and can't perform as well, so that in staying in the game because they don't want to let their teammates down they end up letting their teammates down because they don't play well.
Health & Safety
More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Studies show that sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. Here are some important injury prevention tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics which can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child.
Successful Parenting
We must present examples of positive leaders with integrity and the values we want to instill in our children, says a longtime baseball coach, and the athletic field provides players with the opportunity to learn and test those values.

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