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Preparticipation Physical Exam Forms – Is Your School Administration Auditing The Athletic Department?

Does everybody on a school sport's team really have a properly executed preparticipation evaluation form on file?  Can you really be sure?  The only way to really know is to have your school's administration periodically audit the athletic department.

Cheerleading A Contact Sport, Court Says

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that cheerleading is a "contact sport."  What does this mean for you and your child?  Have the courts gone mad or are the courts correct?

Gun Violence At Youth Sports Contests: An Ever Present Threat in Urban Areas

It’s the biggest fear of anybody who runs an urban athletic program, and it just happened in Chicago. A group of gang-bangers with no affiliation with your school or program decide to bring their foolishness into your gym.

"Bad Acts" in Youth Sports: 4th Quarter 2008 Edition

A listing of acts of poor sportsmanship in youth sports in the last three months of 2008 and a shout out to a state athletic association standing up for good sportsmanship.

"Bad Acts" in Youth Sports: 3rd Quarter 2008 Edition

A listing of acts of poor sportsmanship in youth sports and a few shining examples of good sportsmanship.

"Bad Acts" in Youth Sports: 2nd Quarter 2008 Edition

A listing of some of the worst displays of sportsmanship in youth sports.

"Bad Acts" in Youth Sports: 1st Quarter 2008 Edition

The January to March, 2008 period saw a continuation of bad behavior (a/k/a "bad acts") in youth sports. Here are just six examples.

Proposed Wisconsin Bare-Chested Fan Ban Should Be Approved

You may have read about a vote by the sportsmanship committee of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) to ban bare-chested spectators and fans who paint their chest at indoor high school sporting events. The proposal will be voted on soon by the WIAA's governing board. In my view, the WIAA is doing the right thing.

Ankle Sprains: Recognition and Treatment

A sprain is a stretch and/or tear of a ligament, the fibrous band of tissue joining the end of one bone with another that stabilizes and supports the body's joints. As with burns, there are three "degrees" of sprains: mild (first-degree), moderate (second degree) and severe (third-degree). While the intensity varies, pain, bruising, and swelling (inflammation) are common to all three categories. All can be treated in a doctor's office. Whether an x-ray is required depends a fracture is suspected.

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