Skiing And Snowboarding Safety Tips You Might Not Already Know About

Winter activities may be exciting, but they’re also dangerous. Experts at the Center for Injury Research and Policy highlight the wrists and arms as chief areas of injury for snowboarders, while skiers more commonly encounter issues with their knees, heads, or faces. Serious incidents often involve traumatic brain injuries, which are the leading cause of death in both sports. Thankfully, a variety of precautions can minimize these risks. Wear Proper Safety Equipment Far too many skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes without bothering to invest in necessary equipment. No matter how advanced their skill level, winter athletes can benefit from…

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How to Avoid the Most Common Fall Sports Injuries

From football to cross-country, a variety of fall sports encourage athletes to stay active, even as the chill of autumn begins to take over. These sports encourage us to move our bodies when we’d rather stay cozy inside. Unfortunately, they can also prompt their fair share of injuries. That being said, a variety of preventative measures can be employed to keep the risk of such injuries to a minimum. An effective regimen begins with knowledge, so we’ve highlighted a few of the most common conditions—and reliable prevention methods—below: ACL Tears Easily the most common knee injury among football players, ACL…

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Homecoming Football Safety Statistics And Tips

One of the year’s most anticipated events, homecoming brings a festive atmosphere to every high school and college campus. Unfortunately, that same revelry can spark grave danger for both students and community members, as indicated by the alarming statistics highlighted below: Underage Drinking Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggests that excessive alcohol consumption is to blame for over 4,300 underage deaths each year. Despite the illegality of purchasing alcohol under the age of 21, minors drink 11 percent of all alcohol in the United States. Alarmingly, 90 percent of this consumption takes the form of binge drinking….

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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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Common Youth Baseball Injuries—Prevention and Treatment

As spring approaches, many young hearts and minds start turning to baseball season. Little league remains one of the most popular spring and summer outlets for children and teens, but that also means an increase in trips to the E.R. for baseball related injuries. Beyond the garden-variety scrapes and bruises young players frequently get while sliding in the dirt, let’s look at some of the more common youth baseball injuries, how they are treated medically and how to reduce the risk. Sprains and Strains Muscle strains account for nearly a third of youth baseball-related injuries; sprains (tearing of ligaments) account…

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