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What Kids Need During A Heat Wave Are Usually What They Don't Get: Shade and Sports Drinks

I hear it over and over again this time of year:

"She seemed fine."
"He wasn't thirsty."
"She was playing just great!"
"He looked so strong."

Concussions Bench Pros...So Why Not Our Kids?

My husband sent me this article yesterday. Being an athlete and an avid baseball fan, he can rattle off story upon story of MLB players and their injuries, including head injuries causing issues into adult life. It has always amazed him how many players are not benched after mind-numbing head injuries.

Football: Injury Preventive Tackling Safety Education and Training

According to the Concussion Institute, tackle football players suffered more than 3,800,000 brain injuries in 2007. 

I therefore have three important questions for parents of youth & high school football players

  1. Do you know the main reasons there continues to be so many brain injuries in tackle football each year?

Kung Fu Panda: A Great Movie With Surprising Sports Lessons

 

Kung Fu Panda is one of the best family movies I’ve seen in a long while. It had something for everyone, even us grownups! Don’t let the PG rating scare you – nothing inappropriate for small kids at all, although I suppose this depends on how you define "appropriate". Let's just say, nothing made me think "small kids should'nt be here.

The 4 Necessary Tips for preparing for Summer Sports Camps

Summer camps can be a lot of fun and a chance for many children to take part in activities they have never done before. To keep it a safe and fun activity here are a few tips to keep in mind that help insure a great time.

1. Proper Shoes for the activity
2. Hydrate yourself
3. Eat regularly so you have enough energy for the activity.
4. Get plenty of sleep the night before.

Proper shoes for the activity.

Steroid Testing Program Ends a Long Debate

I read with interest a recent ( June 3, 2008) article in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Steroid testing ends to mixed reviews- "Florida's decision last summer to implement a steroid testing program for high school athletes made national headlines.
But now that most state-sanctioned sporting events have ended, so has the one-year pilot program.
The result?


Of approximately 600 athletes, only one tested positive, said FHSAA spokeswoman Cristina Alvarez."

 

Rare Form of Drowning Has Teachable Moments for All Our Kids' Safety

The sad headline of the dry drowing of a 10 year old South Carolina boy this week has many parents concerned. With the warm weather here in many parts of our country and summer approaching fast, swimming will be part of many of our kids' lives very, very soon. Before you panic, let me give you some facts and tell you a few things you can do to keep your kids safe.

Disinfecting Wipes and MRSA: What Your Athlete Needs To Know For The Locker Room

We live in a society almost pathologically fearful of bacterial. Disinfecting products like sanitary wipes and hand sanitizers with antibacterial properties are hugely popular. Yet, there has always been a concern among health professionals that these products are creating more of a problem than they solve. Two new studies confirm this suspicion and go a step further to demonstrate that the products people hope are keeping us free of scary bacteria such as MRSA may actually be contributing to its spread.

Two studies released this week reinforce two important take home messages:

We live in a society almost pathologically fearful of bacterial. Disinfecting products like sanitary wipes and hand sanitizers with antibacterial properties are hugely popular. Yet, there has always been a concern among health professionals that these products are creating more of a problem than they solve. Two studies confirm this suspicion and go a step further to demonstrate that the products people hope are keeping us free of scary bacteria such as MRSA may actually be contributing to its spread.

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