Sports Medicine Newsletter

We are eager to share our Sports Health newsletter. This piece is designed to provide patients and families with an overview of the latest sports medicine news, research studies, and injury prevention tips.

How to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses in Children this Summer

Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses because their bodies do not adjust to changes in temperature the same way adults do. Children tend to sweat less and produce more body heat; because they are less aware of their bodies, children can quickly succumb to the heat. Learn how to prevent heat-related illnesses and what are the signs and symptoms to look out for.

Bone Fractures in Children

Whether your child spends a lot of free time on a sports team, at a dance class or simply playing outdoors, injuries are common in active children. Therefore, when your child falls, it is good for parents to know how to care for injuries, particularly if they suspect there is a fracture.

Injury Prevention and Performance for Young Athletes

The Sports Health Program provides athletes with an array of support services including injury prevention and rehabilitation, athletic training, sports nutrition and more. Our team wants to remind young athletes to follow these important pre- and post-training tips to prepare their bodies for the demands of in-season practices and competitions.

Recognize Concussion Injuries in Athletes

Did you know that 1 to 3 million sports-related brain injuries occur in the U.S. each year? Sports-related concussions can occur due to a jolt to the head, neck, or trunk that causes increased movement in the brain. A blow to the head or loss of consciousness need not occur for an injury to be considered a concussion. The Sports Health Program explains how to identify concussions and what to do when you suspect your athlete may have suffered a concussion.

Sports Nutrition in Kids and Teens

Exercising and being active is only half the battle. In order for children and adolescents to have the best chance at becoming successful athletes they need to fuel their bodies appropriately. A common misconception is that because a child may be very active, he or she can eat anything because it will burn off in practice. While the child may burn many calories in practice or competition, he or she will not be playing at an optimal level if health foods are not being consumed.

Helping Female Athletes Prevent Sports-Related Knee Injuries

Today we are seeing an increasing number of girls playing competitive sports, with roughly 200,000 at the collegiate level. This rise in 200,000 at the collegiate level. This risen in participation has afforded female athletes many social and health benefits including improved physical fitness, confidence, teamwork and a decreased risk of obesity. 

STOP Sports Injuries

The STOP Sports Injuries Campaign wants to be sure that you have all the information you need to keep kids in the game for life. Whether you are an athlete, coach, healthcare provider or parent, we have the sports injury prevention tips and tools to make sure safety is your first priority.

Strength Training in the Adolescent Population

Exercise is the physical exertion of the body - making the body perform a physical activity which results in a healthy or healthier level of physical such as cardiovascular exercise (aerobic and anaerobic), strength/resistance training, balance and proprioception training, etc.

Shoulder RTC Simple Stretching and Strengthening

It is important to keep your shoulder healthy and strong throughout the entire sports season. Strengthening your shoulder daily will help avoid weakness and fatigue that you may feel as the sports season rolls along.

The Pitfalls of Early Sports Specialization

The majority of our youth participate in their primary sport for both school and club leagues bringing average practice times upwards of 14 hours per week year round.

Preseason Conditioning: The Key to Performance and Injury Prevention

With busy summer schedules filled with social events and vacations, most athletes neglect an important component of training for their sport-preseason conditioning.

Baseball Injuries in Children

Thousands of children who play in baseball leagues are seen each year complaining of elbow or shoulder pain. Injuries in these young athletes are on the verge of becoming an epidemic. Damage or tear to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) should be treated immediately, otherwise it is difficult to repair or rehabilitate.

Safety Concerns with Hoverboards

​The recent holiday season’s most popular toy, the hoverboard, is causing concern among the medical experts at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 

Winter Sports Safety Tips

Skiing down a snow-covered slope with the wind in your face and tranquil mountain scenery all around – there’s a lot to love about winter sports. However, skiing can also pose some inherent risks, such as frostbite, sunburn and knee and head injuries.

Outdoor Sports Safety Tips

Many children play soccer, football, field hockey or lacrosse starting from an early age. Injuries occurring in these types of outdoor field sports are easy to sustain. It is important that parents advise children on the proper gear and way to play in order to prevent injuries from occurring.

Youth Sports Injury Prevention Infographic

Are your kids playing it safe? Helping children lead physically active lifestyles is essential to their health. Explore Nicklaus Children's Hospital's best tips for keeping young athletes safe and active.

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