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Minimizing Exposure of Children to Dust from Worn Artificial Turf Fields Recommended

Because the potential risks associated with exposure to dust from worn artificial turf (which may contain lead) are not yet known, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that parents of youth athletes, particularly those under age 6, take certain precautions to minimize any potential risk.

Potential Exposure to Lead in Artificial Turf: Public Health Issues, Actions, and Recommendations

Recommendations issued the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and its sister agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on testing artificial turf products and reducing potential exposures to lead pending  further guidance from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the receipt of more information about the absorption of lead from artificial turf products and its capability of harm.

High School Football Coach Charged With Negligent Homicide in Heat-Related Death: A Needed Wake-Up Call?

The news last year that a Kentucky high school football coach was charged with reckless homicide in the heat-related death of 15-year-old Max Gilpin was not a shock to me.*

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations (PPEs): A Primer for Parents

Most experts agree that you should have your child undergo a thorough pre-participation physical evaluation or exam (PPE) every year. Not only can a PPE be an effective tool in identifying athletes who should not be playing sports because they have congenital heart defects or a history of concussions, but it is also useful in identifying medical problems effecting sports participation, such as asthma or the female athlete triad.

Youth Sports: Abuse Takes Many Forms

Abuse in youth sports takes four basic forms: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Unfortunately, all forms of abuse are common and the damage from the most common form of abuse (emotional abuse) is no less real than the damage resulting from other forms of abuse.

Resources On Effect Of Traffic-Related Air Pollution On Children Playing Sports Near Busy Roads or Highways

Children are particularly vulnerable to adverse health effects of vehicular air pollution.

Locating Athletic Fields Away From Busy Roads Recommended

The consensus of medical experts is that playing fields should not be located any closer than 500 feet and ideally 1,000 feet from busy roads.

Locating Playing Fields Near Busy Roads: Dangerous to Children?

Before your community decides to build new playing fields near a busy highway, it should consider whether children's health could be harmed.

Connecticut Town A Model For Managing Playing Fields Without Use of Pesticides

A Connecticut town shows that mplementing an organic land management approach can result in healthier turf and lower maintenance costs for town athletic fields.

Sports Benefit Boys in Many Ways

It is well-established that playing sports is good for boys.  Indeed, some experts contend that, given  the way they hard-wired, boys need sports and competition because they provide healthy ways to channel their intense physicality and aggression and feel strong.

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