As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the catastrophic injuries and illnesses in youth sports, the
National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) convened a summit of an alliance of 29 other leading health care and sports organizations in Sacramento,
California to raise awareness about youth sports safety and promote
legislation to improve health care for young athletes.
"The holiday season represents the highest probability of distractions
and breakdown of normal supervision routines," said Harvey Barnett
Ph.D., pediatric drowning prevention specialist and founder of Infant
Swimming Resource, which offers the following winter water safety tips to help families protect
their young children as they travel this holiday season.
The consequences of not wearing a proper baseball or football helmet can be head trauma that could possibly be permanent or even cause death. In response to the rise in these types of sports injuries, parents wised up and there was a movement to ensure that all children have proper safety gear. As a result, injuries from head trauma and lack of safety equipment went down. Excellent work!
Strength training during
childhood and adolescence can improve strength by 30-50 percent, increase bone density,
and self-esteem and reduced risk of coronary heart disease, childhood obesity, says a new study.
Studies show that a new way of stretching (dynamic stretching)
increases power, flexibility and range of motion, and may reduce
injuries while the kind of stretching routine most of us have been doing since we were
in grade school (holding a stretch for 20 or 30 seconds, supposedly to
prepare muscles for exercise, or static stretching) not only fails to
do what it is supposed to do but may actually weaken muscles and hurt athletic performance.