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Performance Supplement Creatine Commonly Recommended By Health Food Stores For Use By Teens

Despite recommendations against its use by anyone under age 18, more than two-thirds of sales clerks at health food stores told a researcher posing as a 15-year-old male football player to give creatine a try.

ACL Injuries Increase Among School-Aged Children and Adolescents

New research confirms what doctors working with young athletes already suspected: the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears among youths, particularly high school students, has risen during the past 20 years.

ACL Injury Rate Significantly Higher For Female High School Athletes

A new research paper finds the overall rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among high school athletes is significantly higher among females, who are especially likely to experience ACL tears while playing basketball, soccer and lacrosse.

Warning Signs of Abuse or Neglect in Sports

There are many warning signs of possible abuse or neglect of a child.

Effects of Abuse and Neglect in Sports

A child who has been abused or neglected may experience a range of negative effects.

Types of Abuse and Neglect in Sports

Abuse in youth sports can take several forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect.

Compassionate and Competitive Play Can Co-Exist: Saying No to Bullying

We can prevent bullying in today's hypercompetitive world of sports with open, honest conversation, and by instilling self-confidence and self respect, modeling positive and compassionate behavior, and teaching inclusivity, says a sports trainer and performance consultant.

Coaches and Parents: If Concussion Suspected, What To Do Next Is Simple

If a parent, coach, or game official suspects that a player has suffered a concussion playing sports, the player should be removed immediately from play, banned from returning that day, and be sent to be checked out right away by a medical professional. No sideline test, smartphone app or screening tool can help decide whether to allow the athlete to continue playing.

Drinking On A Schedule Not The Same As Encouraging Young Athletes To Over-Drink, Experts Say

A recent article in the New York Times expresses one expert's concern that coaches and parents who press young athletes to drink fluids before, during, and after a practice, whether the athletes feel thirsty or not, may be putting young athletes at risk of drinking too much water, which can result in a dangerous, life-threatening condition called hyponatremia. We wondered what other experts felt about the article's advice, so we asked three of our go-to hydration experts for their thoughts.

Repetitive Head Impacts Damage The Brain: A 'No Brainer,' Purdue Researchers Find

Research by scientists at Purdue goes a long way to eliminating any remaining doubt that repetitive head impacts, such as sustained by players in American football, result in brain abnormalities and impaired neurocognitive functioning during a football season, and that those effects persist long after the season.
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