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Concussions in the News

Concussions have been in the news a lot lately.

First was the concussion suffered by "Tonight" star, Conan O'Brien, when he slipped and hit the back of his head during a fake triathlon with "Desperate Housewives" star, Teri Hatcher.

According to news reports, O'Brien "saw stars," couldn't stand and had slurred speech. After trying to continue the taping, O'Brien ended up going to the hospital.

Heel Pain in Youth Athletes: Warning Signs

Heel pain occurs frequently in children ages 6 to 14 as their feet grow and the heel bone develops.The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons advises parents that when their child complains of heel pain, it should be diagnosed promptly because it may be a warning sign of a serious foot problem.

Not Wearing Helmet Increases Head Injury Risk for Snowboarders, Skiers

Did you know that traumatic brain injury accounts for 50% to 88% of skiing and snowboarding fatalities and that the risk of head injury and of loss of consciousness increases for skiers and snowboarders not wearing a helmet when they fall.  Your child or teen may not think wearing a helmet is cool, but it could save their life.

PEP Warm-Up Exercises Reduce Female ACL Injury Risk

Following a specially-designed warm-up regimen before sports measurably improves muscle strength and flexibility and corrects biomechanical imbalances blamed for the epidemic of anterior cruciate injuries among female athletes.                                                        

Preventing H1N1 "Swine Flu" on Sports Teams

Sports teams around the country are already experiencing outbreaks of H1N1 (swine flu).  Here's some prevention advice for sports parents, with tips from the Centers for Disease Control.



Eye Injuries in Sports: Common But Preventable

There are more than 100,000 sports-related eye injuries every year with 42,000 requiring emergency care.  90 percent of those injuries could be prevented just by wearing the proper eye protection. Why, then, do only 15 percent of children consistently wear the recommended protective eyewear?

High School Football, Girls Basketball Have Most Severe Injuries: Study

Which high school sports pose the highest risk of severe injury?  Football leads the list, slightly more than wrestling and more than twice the rate in girls' basketball and girls' soccer.  The safest of the nine studied? Girls volleyball.

Exertional Heat Stroke Symptoms & Treatment (EHS)

Exertional heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency in which the body's temperature is too high. Left untreated, exertional heat stroke results in death due to organ damage across all body systems (liver, kidney, brain, etc.). Until medical help arrives, the key is to immediately lower elevated body temperature.

Heat Exhaustion Symptoms & Treatment

Exertional heat exhaustion is a serious heat illness which may require medical attention if no improvement in 15 to 20 minutes after removing child to shady place, drinking fluids, and taking off excessive clothing.

Mouth Guards Need Regular Replacement

Mouth guards shold be replaced every 14 days, or earlier if they develop sharp or jagged edges, because they can cause mouth cuts and abrasions which expose an athlete to an increased risk of bacterial, yeast and fungal infection.
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