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Expert Tips for Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries

09/25/15

Expert Tips for Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries

  Children need breaks from playing to avoid overuse injuries, orthopedic surgeon says   FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- "Put me in, Coach," may be a common plea heard from young athletes. But sports medicine experts suggest that benching players for at least part of the year might help prevent sports-related injuries. "The biggest problem right now is that many children and teens are not taking time off from their sports activities," said Dr. James Penna, an orthopedic surgeon at Stony Brook University Hospital in Stony Brook, N.Y. "Young athletes need to rest, but many participate in sports year-round, which can result in overuse injuries," he said in a hospital news release. To prevent overuse injuries such...

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Precautions Help Keep Kids Safe in Water

06/17/15

Precautions Help Keep Kids Safe in Water

Precautions Help Keep Kids Safe in Water Children can drown in as little as 2 inches of water, pediatrician warns THURSDAY, June 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Close supervision is crucial to keep children safe when they're swimming or playing in the water, an expert says. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental injury and death among American children aged 1 to 4, and can occur in as little as two inches of water. "The single most important thing is to never take your eyes off children who are in the water. Not even for a few seconds. Nine out of 10 drowning deaths occur when a caregiver is supervising but not paying attention," Dr. Maribeth Chitkara, an associate professor of clinical pediatrics and a pediatric hospitalist at Stony Brook...

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Play May Be More Stressful for Children With Autism

04/24/15

Play May Be More Stressful for Children With Autism

  Children with autism appear to approach play differently than typically developing children, a recent study contends.    “Children with autism lack a social component to their play and don’t adjust their play accordingly when another is involved,” said study co-author Blythe Corbett, an associate professor of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. “For example, they tend to interact less with other children and show a preference to play alone or nearby with objects even when other children are near,” she said.   In the new study, researchers conducted a series of experiments with 42 children, ages 8-12, who either had an autism spectrum disorder or were typically developing. The investigators collected samples of...

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Preschoolers Need Eye Screening

01/06/15

Preschoolers Need Eye Screening

Preschoolers Need Eye Screening, Experts Say Testing recommended annually from age 3 to 6 FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- All children should have their eyesight checked between the ages of 3 and 6, preferably every year, eye experts say. The new vision-screening guidelines for preschool-aged children are from an expert panel of the U.S. National Center for Children's Vision Health. The panel said that children in this age group require screening for eye problems, particularly vision issues that require correction with glasses, such as amblyopia ("lazy eye") and strabismus (a disorder of eye alignment). Early detection and treatment of vision problems is important in terms of a child's development and readiness to school, according to the...

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Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes

01/02/15

Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes

Concussion Laws Helping Student-Athletes, Study Finds Researchers believe raising public awareness made a big difference, too MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large increase in the number of U.S. school-age athletes receiving treatment for concussions is likely due to new laws and increased public awareness, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data collected from privately insured 12- to 18-year-olds across the United States between 2006 and 2012 in order to assess the impact of concussion laws. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws about concussion treatment. In states where such laws were in place during the study period, there was a 92 percent increase in the number of young athletes receiving treatment for...

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12/19/14

Get Active This Winter!

Health Tip: Get Active This Winter! 'Tis the season for exercise (HealthDay News) -- To offset all of those holiday feasts, don't forget to get plenty of exercise. The American Heart Association suggests these activities: Have a family sledding party. Hoofing it up a snowy hill is great exercise, while sledding back down is great fun. Lace up your ice skates and hit the rink for a great cardiovascular workout. Get outside and shovel the snow, but use caution not to overexert yourself. Bundle up and head outside for a family walk, or take the dog out for a stroll. Make use of the local community center and play a game of basketball. -- Diana Kohnle Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014 Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights...

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Kids Are Missing Out on Preventive Care

11/03/14

Kids Are Missing Out on Preventive Care

Many U.S. Kids Missing Out on Preventive Care, CDC Says Report finds gaps in basic medical care, vaccines, and vision and hearing screenings Sponsored by 4D Vision Gym. By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Most adults can remember the battery of health services they endured as kids: hearing and vision tests, dental exams, regular checkups and vaccinations. Many American kids growing up now won't have those memories, because millions of infants and children aren't receiving recommended medical care aimed at detecting and preventing disease, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventive services that kids and teens are missing out on range from basic medical...

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Avoid the Fall Sports Injury Trap

10/10/14

Avoid the Fall Sports Injury Trap

Most common injuries come from overuse, experts say SATURDAY, Sept. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes hitting the playing fields this fall should be reminded that aches and pains might signal an undiagnosed sports injury, experts say. And "playing through the pain" could make an undetected injury even worse, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. "Overuse injuries are the most common types of sports-related injuries," Dr. Michael George, a spokesman for the AAOS, said in an organization news release. "Oftentimes the initial aches and pains felt during the progression of an injury are overlooked by young athletes," George said. "It's essential...

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Kids' Meals that Make the Grade

08/14/14

Kids' Meals that Make the Grade

Plan Children's Meals That Make the Grade Put healthy foods on your back-to-school shopping list, dietitian advises FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor nutrition can translate to poor performance in school, experts say. Allison Bourgraf, a clinical dietitian at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, offers these tips about healthy diets for schoolchildren in a medical center news release: Give children a healthy breakfast, but don't feel limited to traditional breakfast foods. It's most crucial that children eat foods that are rich in nutrition such as fruits, high-fiber grains and dairy products. For example, a grilled-cheese sandwich can be an appropriate breakfast item along with 100 percent fruit juice. Traditional...

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Take the Sports Parent Pledge!

08/07/14

Take the Sports Parent Pledge!

New Sports Parent Pledge sparking national movement Free resource uniting youth sports parents while providing valuable tips and tools to help them make a difference in their communities   WEST PALM BEACH, FLA/July 31, 2014 – The National Alliance for Youth Sports has launched the Sports Parent Pledge, an initiative to empower sports parents to be an active, positive part of their community’s youth sports environment. The pledge is mobilizing sports parents nationwide to promote positivity in youth sports while serving as an advocate for good sportsmanship to help keep fun, learning and safety at the center of the youth sports experience for all children. The pledge is bringing like-minded parents together, while also giving...

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