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Many Parents Are Confused About What To Feed Young Athletes

Breakfast A new, first-of-its-kind survey conducted for the American Dietetic Association's sports nutrition practice group, SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists), finds that many parents are confused about the right foods and fluids to give their kids who play sports. More >>

Nearly 5 million children in this country suffer from asthma. Without immediate treatment to keep a child's airways from constricting, asthma can be fatal.

Even if only mildly asthmatic, a child can suffer a fatal asthma attack playing sports. A report in the February 2004 issue of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that More >>

Safety Tip: From The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Tips for a Safe Running Program: Running injuries are quite common. But they can be reduced if you follow the proper conditioning and training programs; wear the appropriate apparel and footwear; and are aware of your running environment. More >>


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By Brooke deLench

Ever see a picture in your local paper of a summer "all-star" Cross Country team of 10 and 11 year olds and find it odd that nearly every kid in the picture is either the son or daughter of one of the coaches or of one of the coaches of a team during the regular season or the best friend of the coaches kid? More >>

An emergency medical plan should include an established set of actions to follow in the event of a medical emergency during a youth sports practice or game.
The plan should identify:

  • Who will provide emergency first aid, including the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) in the event a player or spectator goes into cardiac arrest, such as from a blow to the chest causing commotio cordis
  • Who and how paramedics or Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be called

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Running injuries are quite common. But they can be reduced if you follow the proper conditioning and training programs; wear the appropriate apparel and footwear; and are aware of your running environment. Follow these guidelines to prevent injuries. More >>

Survival Skills

by Brooke deLench

Here are some tips for staying organized when your child is playing sports:

  • Put a nametag or write your child's name in permanent marker on everything (shoes, balls, bags, water bottles etc.)
  • Tie a colored string or ribbon on your child's sports bag to make it easy to identify in a sea of bags (spending even an extra minute or two searching for the right bag when you and your child want to get on the road is frustrating and easily avoidable)
  • Have your child keep all of his or her equipment together in the same place, preferably in a sports bag

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By Shane Murphy, Ph. D.

It is no easy task to be a parent of a young athlete. Hard enough are the tasks of helping the child learn how to handle the ups and downs of competition. But perhaps most challenging are the demands on your own coping skills - learning how to manage emotions that are repeatedly tested under trying conditions. More >>

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Young Girl at FenceWhen my first daughter was born, 28 years ago, I was a very young, very optimistic woman. I was determined my daughter would not be gender- stereotyped. After all, it was the early 1970's; I had been doing my marching in Washington to ensure that she would have parity with all the little boys in anything she pursued. More >>

The first four steps of first aid for such injuries such as ankle sprains are known by the acronym "RICE," which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. More >>

Experts Wanted!

Do you know a Cross Country Running coach in your community you think would be an ideal candidate for the MomsTeam editorial advisory board? Send his or her name .

By Shane Murphy, Ph. D.

If you have spent a lot of time as a youth sport parent during the past year (as I have), you probably feel a bit battered and bruised right now. It seems that everyone is ready to blame "out-of-control parents" for all the ills of youth sports. We are the crazy ones screaming on the sidelines, abusing the kids, yelling at the officials, and displaying poor sportsmanship. What's a parent to do? More >>

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