Category: Health and Safety
Concussions: More than a “Bump on the Head”
(Dec 3rd, 2013)
Karen McAvoy is the Director at the Center for Concussion, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado.
In recent years, more attention than ever has turned toward concussions, and parents of young athletes are — and should be — concerned about this often overlooked and underestimated injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), concussion is one of the most commonly reported injuries in children and adolescents who participate in sports and recreation activities, accounting for 65 percent of the concussions treated each year in emergency departments.
Why We Need To Keep Kids Moving At School
(Nov 4th, 2013)
By Dan Peterson, TeamSnap’s Guest Writer about sports science and skill development for young athletes.
Ask a group of grade school students to name their favorite class and the overwhelming and immediate response is “recess!” Kids are not wired to sit still for hours focused on learning math equations or memorizing facts. They’re built to move and need the time in their day to unplug their brain and restart their legs. However, school administrators and teachers are facing growing pressure to reduce this play time in favor of more instruction time to meet tougher academic standards. Two new research studies argue that would be counterproductive showing that exercise and aerobic fitness are key contributors to cognitive performance.
Lightning Safety: Four things parents, children, athletes and coaches need to know
(Oct 8th, 2013)
Kimberly Brooke Pengel, M.D., is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Do your children know to come inside when they are playing in a thunderstorm? Do you know how to protect yourself from lightning? Does your child’s coach call off practice/games in a thunderstorm?