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Early identification and removal from play in case of suspected concussion is not only critical to avoiding longer recovery and increased risk of more serious, potentially catastrophic brain injury, says Dr. Elizabeth M. Pieroth, but because an athlete who keeps playing with concussion is more likely to suffer an orthopedic injury and can't perform as well, so that in staying in the game because they don't want to let their teammates down they end up letting their teammates down because they don't play well.
Health & Safety
Spending time outdoors is fun, even in the cold of winter. But, just as in warmer weather, special precautions need to be taken when exercising in cold weather to avoid dehydration, hypothermia, and frostbite. Here are some things to consider if you or your children are playing sports in the cold.
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Youth sports coaches should set realistic, age-appropriate expectations for athletes, understand child development, and be child- rather than adult-centered.

 

Health & Safety
While bullying behavior by youth sports coaches is, as MomsTEAM has been pointing out for years, an all-too-common problem, a helpful article in the journal Pediatrics  explains just why it is so difficult to correct by identifying the four main tactics coaches use in their attempts to deflect focus on their improper behavior.
Health & Safety
One way to address the problem of chronic under-reporting and increase the chances a concussion will be identified early on the sports sideline, say some leading experts, is to rely less on athletes to remove themselves from games or practices by reporting concussion symptoms, or on game officials and sideline observers to observe signs of concussion, but to use impact sensors as essentially another set of eyes to alert sideline personnel to heavy hits that might cause a concussion.

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