Youth sports age groups

Risks of Sports Specialization Among Youth Athletes

Focus on a single sport can lead to overuse injuries

Kids are starting to participate in recreational sports leagues and camps at increasingly younger ages in recent years. T-ball teams, soccer leagues, swim clubs, skating rinks, cheer squads, tumbling schools and even dance studios are filled with little people, some as young 3 and 4 years …

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Client Profile: Fitness Pioneer Phil Campbell and Sprint 8 Workout

It all started with a small group speed lesson for the Sadler family

In 2006, my family visited Phil Campbell, M.S., M.A., FACHE, ACSM-CPT, for speed training in Jackson, Tennessee. My wife and I were surprised to learn that we were expected to take the training along with our kids. We were amazed at the improvement …

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Injury Risks to Youth Participating in Martial Arts

How to reduce the risks, according to American Academy of Pediatrics

Kids and martial arts just seem to go together like cake and ice cream. Media hits like The Karate Kid, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers have sent kids begging their parents to sign them up martial arts studios for years. The …

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Concussion recovery in youth athletes

Youth Athletes and Concussion Recovery

Too many parents following outdated medical advice

Starve a cold, feed a fever. Swimming within 30 minutes of eating causes cramps. Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. Tilt the head back to stop a nosebleed. All outdated but once heavily relied upon advice from the medical community. Sadly, these and similarly unsubstantiated notions continue to circulate. And …

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Outdoor sports risk management

Outdoor Risks: Tips For Surviving Wildlife Encounters

When enjoying outdoor sports and recreation activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, camping and hunting, most people know to follow the basic safety precautions: let someone know where you’ll be, carry enough water, pack first-aid supplies – you know the drill. But all too often outdoor lovers forget they’re invading the territory of creatures that …

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Reducing Pitching Injuries in Youth Baseball

Biomechanics could be a game changer

More than two million youth put on their baseball gloves and caps each spring and head for the diamond to participate in America’s pastime. Sadly, a growing number of the pitchers among them will experience serious arm injuries.

There’s been a dramatic rise in surgical treatments since the 1990s that repair …

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Lowering the Risk of Health Club Deaths With AEDs

State law may require their presence in health clubs

The California family of a man who died of cardiac arrest received a settlement in their lawsuit alleging negligence and wrongful death against a Studio City gym and a personal trainer. The gym member, Marc Palotay, went into cardiac arrest while working out under the supervision of …

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Security at special events

Ensuring Security at Special Events

Tips for planning and executing event security

The security staff you see at sporting events, festivals, concerts and other special events didn’t just show up 30 minutes before the gates opened. The event hosts did a lot of planning long before the event to ensure the safety and security of the participants and guests. If you’re …

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Most Common Fatal Risks Faced By Outdoor Participants

Surprising causes behind the most common incidents

More than 305 million people visit U.S. national parks each year. The National Park Service reports an average of 160 visitor deaths annually. Those are pretty good statistics, but they could be lower. And the types of injuries and fatalities reported in these parks can happen to anyone in …

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Protecting Against Risk of Commotio Cordis

Study shows new chest protector is effective and youth athletes most at risk.

Athletic chest protectors are critical to the safety of hockey and lacrosse goalies, baseball/softball catchers, and umpires. There is a wide assortment of chest protectors on the market, most of which have proven to be less than adequate against serious injury and can …

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