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6 Tips to Help Kids Avoid Repetitive Stress Injuries


Mike Hoenig, MD, Orthopaedic Associates
Friday, July 22, 2016

Sports-participation promotes physical and emotional wellness in children but too much physical activity can lead to injury. Repetitive stress injury, also known as overuse injury, is becoming a significant concern for orthopaedic doctors—especially at a time where the number of duel-sport athletes continues to grow.

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Keeping a Balance in Youth Sports Participation


Kate Carr, Safe Kids Worldwide
Thursday, April 21, 2016

We all want our kids to be the best athletes they can be and to play the sports they love for a lifetime. But many parents disagree about the best way to make that happen. Is it better to focus on one sport, or is playing a variety of sports the best way to help kids reach their full potential?     

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Five Tips for a Safe Youth Sports Experience


Sara Jurek, MD
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Sports provide kids with wonderful physical, social, and psychological benefits. As parents and coaches, our goal is to maximize these benefits while minimizing our athletes’ risk of injury. There are simple strategies for parents and coaches to help reduce preventable injuries. With the weather heating up, spring sports in full swing (pun intended), and in honor of April being Youth Sports Safety Month, here are five tips for achieving a safe (and fun) youth sports experience.   

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Keeping Athletes Safe With Limited Resources: Tips and Tricks 


Emily Brook, BA and Elizabeth Matzkin, MD
Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Athlete safety should always be the number one priority of parents, coaches, and players of all sports, from youth recreational leagues to varsity high school teams. Injuries can and do occur at any level of competition in all sports. While some teams have access to an athletic trainer and a full-time medical staff, other teams do not.  For teams with limited access to medical resources, responsibility for the safety of athletes often falls on the parents and coaches. This post provides some athlete safety tips for parents and coaches of athletes who may have limited access to professional medical help.

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Spring Has Sprung: Returning Kids to Outdoor Sports


By: Elizabeth Matzkin, MD, Caroline Hu, BA and Emily Brook, BA
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and everyone is growing tired of those 6am Sunday morning hockey practices. Sunny days spent at the baseball diamonds and lacrosse fields are just around the corner. During this transition to spring sports, it can be easy to forget some important things for our young athletes. In order to ensure a smooth transition to spring sports, we have a few tips for a safe and fun return.

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Extreme Winter Sports Safety Tips


By: David Daniels and Elizabeth Matzkin, MD
Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

While some may despise the dreariness of the harsh winter days, others see a playground of opportunity. For thrill seekers, the winter months offer many extreme sports to satisfy the need for an adrenaline rush: skiing, snowboarding, heliskiing, snowkiting, and snowmobiling to name a few. While the high velocity and living on the edge sense of adventure makes these sports so desirable, we cannot forget the physical risks associated with such activities. Extreme winter sporting can be a fun activity if done with safely; here are some tips to help make the most out of a winter sport adventure.

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