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Energy Drinks: Frequently Asked Questions

Despite the popularity of energy drinks, especially among teens, both the National Federation of State High School Associations and American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommend against their consumption by children and adolescents because of their potential adverse health effects.

More High School Athletic Trainers Needed, NATA Says

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) says first-aid training for coaches not substitute for on-site athletic trainers (ATs) in all high schools.

Preventing Sports Injuries

Sports injury prevention tips from American Academy of Pediatrics

Soccer Headgear: Look for Headgear Meeting ASTM Standard

Soccer headgear may reduce injury risk from collision of head with hard surface (another head, ground, goalpost) but not from repeated heading of soccer ball.

High School Sports Safety Law Passes Kentucky Legislature But Could Have Done Much More

A bill requiring all high school coaches to complete a 10-hour sports safety course and pass an exam before the 2009-2010 school year was passed this week by the Kentucky legislature, but not before important safety provisions were strippped from the bill.

Orthotics: Corrective Insoles For Athletic Shoes

Even if orthotics are prescribed, the fastest way to eliminate the pain of shin splints is to stop running to let the inflammation recede, and then gradually build back up in training volume using the orthotics

New Law On Sports Concussions: A Great Step In the Right Direction

Every once in a while a news item comes across my desk that deserves a special shout-out.  Such was the case today. 

Flat-Footed Children Perform Just As Well in Sports, Study Says

A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds children with flat feet do just as well in sports as those with "normal" feet, and calls into doubt the traditional treatment of flat feet with corrective insoles (e.g. orthotics).

Reducing ACL Injuries Among Female Athletes Target Of New PSA

To stem the rising tide of ACL injuries among young female athletes, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) are launching a joint public service announcement (PSA) campaign to educate athletes, coaches, parents, health care professionals and media on prevention and treatment.

Sports Injuries: Telling Parents The Truth

The culture of youth sports can cloud a parent's judgment to the point that she doesn't want to hear the truth about the seriousness of an injury to their child.

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