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Dr. David H. Janda (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001)

Groundbreaking, enlightening, and riveting, The Awakening of a Surgeon is a thoughtful telling of one man's determined belief in the power of change.

Each year, more than 1.4 million youth under 15 are treated in doctor's offices, clinics, hospitals or hospital emergency rooms for injuries. Awakening of a Surgeon is Dr. Janda's fight to make sports safer for children and adults. "The number one fallacy is that injuries are inherent; that they are going to happen no matter what you do," said author and orthopedic surgeon David Janda. "The vast majority of injuries are completely preventable."

In Awakening of a Surgeon, Janda details his fight against equipment manufacturers, insurance companies and the government to help make sports safer. It is an inspirational story that every parent should read and know that one person can make a difference.

Endorsed by Olympic champions Bonnie Blair, Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci and author James Dodson.

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Between 1997 and 2001, eighteen student athletes died from heat stroke. In less than a two-week period this summer, football players in Indiana, Florida and Minnesota succumbed to the heat. It is imperative that, as parents, we recognize the signs of heat-related illness and take steps to prevent any more tragedies. Read Full Story>>



When Brooke de Lench, the Founder of, asked me to become a member of the MomsTeam team, in 2001, and to write a column for this site, I was honored. I had been following the MomsTeam site since its inception and found it be most innovative and progressive site on the Internet concerning youth sports. I had visited the site on a regular basis and had used it to help my children and a family. So, it is truly a privilege to be writing for such a prestigious organization. Read More>> Full Bio>>

David H. Janda, M.D.

It has been said by some in the mass media that each and every American will remember where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. It has been said we will remember that day, that awful day, just as we had the day the Challenger blew up, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Read Full Story>>


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