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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.

SmartTeams Play Safe Summit, Pilot Programs, And "The Today Show" : It Was Quite The Week!

Today, I begin my blog again after taking the full summer off from writing.

The reason for my summer hiatus, at least from blogging, wasn't that I was relaxing on the beach or by the pool (oh, if only). 

No, it was because I was at my desk at MomsTEAM Institute working hard on two major initiatives: our inaugural SmartTeams Play Safe Summit at Harvard Medical School, and the launch of our six SmartTeam pilot projects.Brooke de Lench and Coach Bobby Hosea at Smart Teams Play Safe Summit

Today, Brooke de Lench begins blogging again after a summer off while she worked on two major initiatives: MomsTEAM Institute's inaugural SmartTeams Play Safe Summit at Harvard Medical School, and the launch of six SmartTeam pilot programs.

SmartTeams Play Safe™ 2014 Summit To Present Health & Safety Best Practices

Harvard Medical School’s Joseph B. Martin Conference Center will be the site for a groundbreaking youth sports health and safety summit on Monday, September 15, 2014. Sponsored by MomsTEAM Institute, a leading youth sports health and safety think tank and watchdog group, the SmartTeams Play Safe™: Protecting the Health & Safety of the Whole Child In Youth Sports By Implementing Best Practices summit will feature a series of educational, "TED-talk"-style presentations by nationally-recognized clinicians, researchers and youth sports safety advocates.

Bollinger Fitness Recalls Resistance Bands Due to Injury Hazard

A black plastic ball attached to the resistance band's door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Consumers should immediately stop using the door attachment and contact Bollinger Fitness on instruction on how to receive a free replacement door attachment, including free shipping.

Reebok-CCM Recalls Throat Collars Due To Laceration Hazard

Throat collars have been decertified by BNQ in Canada due to the risk that a skate blade could penetrate the collar, posing a laceration hazard to the throat.
Reebok-CCM Throat Collar recalled by CPSC

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled throat collars and contact their local hockey dealer to return the product for a full refund or replacement, or contact Reebok-CCM for information on how to return the product directly to Reebok-CCM for a replacement or full refund.

How to Improve Youth Sports Safety: Focus On Protecting The Whole Child

As a woman and mother fighting to keep kids safe playing sports for the past twenty-five years, MomsTEAM Founder, Brooke de Lench, knows that, just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the involvement of every youth sports stakeholder to protect children at play from abuse, not just physical abuse, but emotional, psychological and sexual, and from sports injuries, many of which are preventable.

Preventing Youth Sports Injuries Begins Before First Practice

For the past 14 years, MomsTEAM has been working to educate parents on ways to keep their kids safe playing sports. One of the best ways to improve youth sports safety is to take steps to prevent injuries before the first practice.  Here's a checklist developed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association of 15 questions parents should ask their child's school or sports programs before they take them to their first practice, with links to related MomsTEAM content.

May 7 is Project ACES Day - All Children Exercise Simultaneously!

In conjunction with May's Exercise is Medicine® Month, "The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to children and schools around the world May 7, which is when millions of participants across the globe will celebrate the annual Project ACES® Day.
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