Playing sports is a great way for your child to stay fit and healthy, learn about teamwork and develop a sense of personal satisfaction. However, kids’ injuries from playing sports are on the rise, due to several factors. Most of these sports injuries can be prevented.The first step in preventing sports injuries is finding out why sports injuries occur. Sports injuries may be caused by:
Individual risk factors (such as medical conditions including heart, lung or neurological disease)
Inadequate physical exams before participating (every child should get a thorough sports-specific physical exam before each season)
Playing while injured (whether it is playing with a MSK injury, infection or concussions)
Improper training (including overtraining) or coaching, or lack of instruction
Not warming up, cooling down and stretching properly
Lack of pre-season conditioning
Lack of safety equipment or poorly fitted, improper equipment
Your body needs water. Your body is made up of 75 percent water and constantly needs more of it. We lose water through breathing (water expelled from lungs), urination, defecation and sweat. If your body does not have the right amount of water you will feel it. The common signs and symptoms of not having enough water in your body (dehydration) are:
Thirst, excessive thirst
Little or no urination
Many individuals wait until they feel thirsty to drink water. Thirst may or may not be a reliable gauge of your water needs. Many people are not very good at sensing thirst and sometimes confuse thirst with hunger which causes them to eat instead of drink water. Continue Reading »
The holiday season is fast approaching, and we see lots of red, green, gold and silver in the stores and our homes as we prepare for upcoming celebrations. But for some, the dominant color of the holidays is blue. Some may wonder, “How can this be? I’m supposed to feel happy and excited, looking forward to spending time with family!” Others may think, “How can the holidays be enjoyable when I have so much added stress with decorating, preparing meals, not to mention buying gifts when we hardly get by paying our bills each month. Where’s the money going to come from?” Finally there are those who may think, “I dread the thought of having another family argument at Thanksgiving because Uncle Jerry gets drunk and tells everybody what he really thinks!”
To survive, and even thrive, during this time, consider the following recommendations according to WebMD:
Be realistic: There is no such thing as a “perfect” holiday (someone would have discovered it by now). Concentrate on the traditions that make holidays meaningful for you and your family.
Know your spending limit: Money is the largest factor for stress during the holidays, and is compounded by current economic strain. Keeping your spending to a realistic amount will greatly reduce stress for both you and your loved ones.
Share the tasks: Expect (or allow) others to help with food preparation and other tasks. Engage your children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews, etc. in the preparation in an enjoyable manner to continue old traditions or create new ones.
Learn to say “no”: It’s important to let others (and yourself) know you have limits. Consider the positives in setting limits for others.
Keep a regular schedule: Eating, sleeping, exercising and limiting your alcohol intake are vital ingredients for managing stress and reducing depressive symptoms.
Get support if you need it: This may be the first holiday season since the death of a loved one, a breakup of a significant relationship or seeing family member(s) you avoid due to conflict. Although it may be difficult or embarrassing, asking for help can be more beneficial than doing it alone. “Pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” is a common myth for dealing with depression but it only further isolates individuals who need support.
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