Updated Sports Physical Recommendations: What You Need to Know

The sports physical is a rite of passage for any child or teen looking to participate in school-based athletics. Over the years, however, this essential — also referred to as the preparticipation physical evaluation — has evolved. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and several other authorities have updated sports physical recommendations to reflect growing concerns regarding transgender athletes, bullying in athletics, and other issues largely overlooked in the past. A few takeaways from these updates are outlined below: The Role of Mental Health The updated sports physical guidelines acknowledge the prominent role that mental health concerns play in the…

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Concussion Risk Affects Student Athletes of All Ages

Student Athlete Concussions Concussions are often associated with professional level athletes, but the risk factors are present at any level of intense physical exercise. The consequences of a mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) for student athletes are arguably higher than paid athletes since the recovery time is longer at a younger age. Recovery requires both physical and mental rest—which may be harder to achieve while keeping up with school work. Concussions at All Ages Most sports injury research focuses on High School and Collegiate level student athletes. However, athletes of all ages are at risk of getting a concussion that…

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How to Make Sure Your Kids Are Safe at Sleepaway Camp

Overnight camps provide a myriad of benefits for children, who gain independence, confidence, and often, lifelong friendships while away from home. Still, the experience comes with its fair share of risk. From broken bones and allergic reactions to sexual harassment or assault, a variety of dangers can leave your children dealing with physical pain and emotional trauma. These best practices can help you ensure your child’s safety at camp: Choose Camps Carefully Camp selection matters. Many camps employ highly-trained counselors who respond promptly and effectively to emergencies — but this isn’t the case everywhere. When vetting potential camps, determine whether…

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Fisher-Price Recalls Popular Inclined Infant Crib After Series of Deaths: Crib Never Properly Tested for Safety

The Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, developed as an alternative to cribs, elevates the baby’s head to a 30 degree inclined position. The intended use is for infants to lie on their backs on the padded frame as if it were a recliner. The design of the sleeper was inspired by incorrect assumptions about infant sleep that overlooked updated safety guidelines. Concerns were raised after a recent Consumer Reports study linked the crib to infant deaths. The news of this study was followed by a statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics calling for the recall of the crib. After…

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The Surprising Physical Dangers of Parenting

Few experiences match the highs and lows of parenting, which can simultaneously deliver unthinkable joy and unthinkable exhaustion. Unfortunately, that exhaustion can have a detrimental impact on our physical and mental health, as can other parenting concerns. Below, we outline a few of the most significant physical dangers today’s parents face: Sleep Deprivation By far the greatest hazard of parenting during the first few months, sleep deprivation has a discernible physical and mental impact on drowsy parents. Those who struggle to rest may be more prone to problematic behaviors behind the wheel, such as speeding or failing to come to…

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Popular Britax Jogging Strollers Linked to Injuries

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit to force Britax to stop selling jogging strollers that are linked to more than 100 injuries. Britax, the manufacturer of three-wheeled B.O.B strollers, is also being asked to offer repairs or replacements to consumers. The B.O.B models under scrutiny include Iron Man Revolution and Sport Utility Strollers. The CPSC has received more than 200 complaints about B.O.B strollers. According to the complaints, the front wheels on the strollers can detach without warning. As a result, the front fork of the strollers can dig into the ground and cause an…

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