I received a question via iPhone App from a mother who was concerned about the recent discussions in both the media and in the medical community surrounding sudden cardiac death (SCD) in young athletes. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘athletes’
With summer heat in full swing all across the country and kids heading back to school athletics, band practice, drill team and the like it is a good time to discuss heat related illnesses and their prevention. (more…)
While some young girls spend way too much time sitting and not getting any exercise, others are getting too much and ending up with stress fractures causing small cracks in their bones. (more…)
If you’re talking about it in the carpool line, we’re talking about it on our show! Tune in on demand for expert advice on the best ways to raise your kids! (more…)
We had a pediatric orthopedic surgeon on the show recently and we discussed overuse injuries in adolescent athletes. I see more and more kids who come in with complaints of back pain, knee pain, ankle and elbow pain often secondary to repetitive motion from sports. (more…)
Children as young as nine years old can and should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), Austrian researchers say. In a study of 147 students who received six hours of life-support training, 86 percent of the children performed CPR correctly at a follow-up session four months after the training, according to the report published online in the journal Critical Care. (more…)
Taking part in team sports lowers the odds of children smoking. But even playing a sport can’t compete with the powerful influence of smoking in movies, a new study finds.
Movies can shape popular taste and behavior, from clothing to cultural habits. Other studies have found that seeing smoking in movies increases the chances that children will light up. Researchers say as many as 30 percent to 50 percent of adolescent smokers attribute their smoking to seeing it in films. (more…)
Cheerleading continues to cause more serious and deadly injuries by far than other sports, despite the fact that safety efforts have led to modest reductions in the number of serious injuries in recent years.
However, until recently, records about such injuries were poorly kept. An updated to the record-keeping system last year found that between 1982 and 2007 there were 103 fatal, disabling or serious injuries recorded among female high school athletes, with the vast majority, 67, occurring in cheerleading. The next most dangerous sports were gymnastics, with nine such injuries and track, with seven injuries. (more…)
The number of children who required ER treatment for baseball injuries in the U.S. decreased 25 percent from 1994 to 2006, down to an estimated 111,000 injuries from 147,000.
A new study shows that greater use of protective equipment may be one reason for the decline in injuries. The study was published online in the June 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics and was conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. (more…)
A new study suggests that children admitted to a hospital with a concussion should have a follow-up assessment with a clinician before resuming normal play activities or sports.
Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia used a computer program to assess preteen and teenage concussion victims. They found that most scored poorly on tests of their attentionspan, memory, nonverbal problem solving and reaction time, and nearly all scored in the lowest test quartile on at least one of those four areas. The study looked at 116 children, aged 11 to 17, who were hospitalized for such head trauma over a two-year period. (more…)