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ACL Injury Epidemic, Early Specialization, Year-Round Play May Be Linked

The alarming increase in the number of younger children and adolescents suffering ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries playing sports, particularly among girls, may be the by-product of the trend towards early specialization and year-round play in a single sport.

Most Kids' Shoes Don't Fit, Putting Them At Risk of Foot Deformities, Study Says

A majority of young children wear shoes that are the wrong size, putting them at risk for developing serious foot deformities such as bunions, say Swiss researchers.

PEP Exercise Program Reduces ACL Injuries in Female Soccer Players

Female athletes who perform a specific exercise program called the Prevent Injury and Enhance Performance (PEP) program before practices and games suffer far fewer ACL injuries than those who don't.

First Aid for Lightning Victims

In the event lightning strikes a player, fan, or official at a sports contest, giving immediate first-aid is essential.

Lightning Safety Rules: How to Avoid Becoming A Lightning Statistic

Each year, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities; several hundred more are left to cope with permanent disabilities. Here are some lightning safety rules to follow to avoid becoming a lightning statistic

NFHS Lightning Guidelines

Guidelines from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) for making decisions concerning the suspension and restarting of athletic contests based on the presence of lightning.

Education, Not Testing Key To Winning Steroid Battle

If you saw the recent stories  about the preliminary results of the two-year, $6 million dollar high school steroid testing program in Texas, you might be confused.

A-Rod's Admission of Steroid Use Another Lesson For Kids That Users Are Just Cheating Themselves

The admission by New York Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez that he used performance enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers is just the latest in a sorry stream of admissions about the use of steroids by current and former Major League Baseball players.  President Obama said Rodriquez's confession to ESPN's Peter Gammons "tarnishes an entire era to some degree."  He re-stated the obvious when he said  that drugs use by sports stars "sent the wrong message to the nation's youth."

Skier's Thumb and Fractured Wrist Injuries In Snowboarding and Skiing

The best way to avoid common snowboarding and skiing injuries such as skier's thumb and wrist fractures to make sure that you¹ve learned to fall correctly and to stick to slopes that are appropriate for your skill level.
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