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Summer Biking Safety

It is that time of year again when families and children are engaging in outdoor activities, including bicycling, one of my favorite sports. If you haven’t taken your bike out from winter storage, it is time to do so. Check the tires, brakes and lights and do not forget your helmet. Read More »

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Get Your Head in the Game — Understanding Concussions, Part 2

Symptoms of Concussions – It’s Not Just a Headache
Since we’re on the subject of concussions, it would be good to start with the signs and symptoms you might notice if your child suffers a concussion. Headache is one of the most common symptoms, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Read More »

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Heads Up: Understanding Concussions, Part 1

It’s starting to feel a bit like fall – cooler mornings and a bit of that ‘snap’ in the air that makes autumn my favorite time of year. Fall also means it’s time for the football season to start again. But what comes with all that gridiron excitement? Read More »

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Starting Strong: Youth Strength-Training Programs

A family recently brought their child in for a sports physical for a summer camp the young athlete is planning on attending this summer.  During the exam, his parents asked if it was safe for their young athlete to begin a strength-training program to help him improve in his sport.  Read More »

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Avoiding Burnout–Overuse Injuries in Kids, Part Two

In my last post, I talked about overuse injuries in young athletes. We have been seeing an increasing number of these types of injuries that parallels the increase in the number of children who participate in organized athletic activities. But overuse injuries are only one problem these young athletes are at risk for. Read More »

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Less Really is More—Overuse Injuries in Kids, Part One

The number of children who participate in sports has been growing for the last several decades, due to both the increased access and the large number of different athletic activities available to children. It is estimated that somewhere between 30 and 45 million children participate in some form of athletic activity every year. Read More »

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