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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.

School Is Where Teens Get Exercise, But It's Not Enough, Study Says

Even though adolescents spend less than 5 percent of their time at school engaging in physical activity, according to a new study, such time accounts for almost half of their overall exercise, and was still 20 minutes than the amount experts recommend.

College Athletes Start Playing Their Sport Early, But Specialize Late, Research Shows

Early sports specialization has been increasingly viewed in recent years as increasing an athlete's chances of achieving elite status, but has raised significant concerns, both as to whether it actually accomplishes that objective, and whether it carries with it an increased risk for sports-related injuries. A quartet of research papers presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics' October 2015 National Conference and Exhibition explored various aspects of the sports specializaton issue.

High School Athletic Directors Face Numerous Obstacles In Hiring Athletic Trainers, Study Finds

Athletic directors at the thirty percent of U.S. high schools lacking access to athletic trainers identify lack of AD hiring authority, budgetary constraints and non-budget factors, including rural location, misconceptions about an AT's role, and community interference, as barriers to hiring athletic trainers, a new study published in the Journal of Athletic Training reveals.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Resistance Training in Youth Football Not Only Safe, It Should Be Mandatory

Resistance training in youth football, says Dallas-based chiropractor and strength and conditioning coach, Steve Horowtiz, D.C., CSCS, is not only safe but it should be mandatory.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Plyometrics Is Form Of Neuromuscular Training

Plyometrics is a form of neuromuscular training, says Dallas-based chiropractor and strength and conditioning coach, Steve Horowtiz, D.C., CSCS, involving jumping, hopping, and landing which first lengthens and then shortens the muscle.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Does Child's Doctor Know How Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation Differs From Regular Exam?

It is important for parents to ask the doctor doing their child's pre-participation physical exam (PPE) is they can know and can articulate how it its different from a regular physical, says James MacDonald, MD, MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. If the doctor isn't familiar with the PPE monograph, parents should consider having the PPE done by a different doctor.

Texas Youth Football Program: Ten Ways It Is Walking The Talk On Safety

Participation in youth sports in general, and in youth football in particular, is on the decline in some parts of the nation.  One of the biggest factors driving the decline is a concern about injuries. 

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices?

Lots of youth sports programs say they want to improve safety, but how many are actually making the effort to implement best health and safety practices? I can't speak for every program, but I know one that is definitely walking the talk: the youth tackle and flag football and cheer program in Grand Prairie, Texas, where I spent the first week of August educating and training kids, parents, coaches, and administrators on ways to make football safer as part of MomsTEAM Institute's SmartTeams| UNICEF International Safeguards of Children in Sports project.
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