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Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: An Introduction

First in a series of articles designed to educate parents on the ins and outs of the physical therapy process and decrease parental anxiety, some of which results from a fear of the unknown and/or frustration about not knowing what physical therapy is all about.

Physical Therapy: Parents Play Important Role

Physical therapist Patricia Ladis says parents of an injured athlete
play an important role in their child's physical therapy, at least at
the start.

Sports Injury Recovery A Step By Step Process

Allowing a sports injury to heal is only the first of seven steps in the recovery process a child should complete in rehabilitation and treatment before returning to play, experts say.

Five Commonly Used Sports Medicine Tests and Procedures Parents Should Question

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) has released a list of five tests and procedures that are commonly ordered but not always necessary in sports medicine, to facilitate conversations between patients and physicians about what care is really necessary.

Weightlifting For Youth: Can Be Safe and Enjoyable, Expert Panel Says

Participation in the sport of weightlifting and the performance of weightlifting movements as part of a strength and conditioning program can be safe, effective and enjoyable for children for children and adolescents, says a new position statement by an international panel of experts.

Expert Panel Issues Resistance Training Guidelines For Children and Adolescents

A new international consensus position statement contains comprehensive guidelines on youth resistance training, and has been endorsed by 10 leading professional organizations within the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, and pediatrics. 

Resistance Training For Children: Emphasize Muscle Strength, Function, And Control, Not Muscle Size

Appropriately designed resistance training programs can benefit youth of all ages, with children as young as 5-6 years of age making noticeable improvements in muscular fitness following exposure to basis resistance training using free weights, elastic resistance bands and machine weights, says a new international consensus statement.

Fighting Obesity in Children and Teens: Resistance Training May Help More Than Aerobic Exercise, Experts Say

Low intensity, long-duration aerobic exercise is typically prescribed for youth who are overweight or obese, but has a number of drawbacks compared to resistance training, says an international consensus of experts in a new international position statement.

Resistance Training For Children and Teens: Compelling Evidence of Benefits, Expert Group Says

Thinking about starting your child or teen in a resistance training program, but wondering whether it is a good idea? Not only is there no cause for concern, but, according to a new international consensus statement (Loyd RS, et al 2014), resistance training for children and adolescents has two major benefits: improved athletic performance and a positive effect on overall health.

Study Finds Few Doctors, Schools, and States Use National Preparticipation Physical Evaluation Form

The medical community is largely unaware of national sports preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) guidelines and only 11% of athletes at US high schools are guaranteed to receive a PPE fully consistent with the national standard, finds a 2014 study. The findings come despite efforts to standardize the screening process, and nearly unanimous public support for screening by a qualified health care professional before participation in a consistent manner across the country.

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