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Everything you need to know about sports physicals

It is recommended that children participate in 60 minutes or more of physical activity every day. Sports are a great way to accomplish this.

Prior to participation, most high school and club teams require an athlete’s physician to complete a sports pre-participation physical form.

It is important to schedule the appointment a few months before the season starts in case the doctor needs to address any potential barriers for participation.

As children mature, sports physicals often take the place or occur in conjunction with the well child exam. The sports physical exam is similar to a well child exam, but special attention is placed on the musculoskeletal system. It is important that every child be seen on a yearly basis.

Prior to a sports physical, it is important to complete all of the necessary paperwork on the sports physical form. Your doctor will want review your child’s health history to see if there are previous sports-related injuries or disabilities. Continue Reading »

Five tips to healthy knees

For healthy knees, follow these five tips:

Exercise:  Development of leg muscles, particularly quadriceps and hamstrings, can help prevent knee trouble. It has been proven women are more likely to suffer a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is a more serious knee problem impacting function and stability. Cross-training, stretching and strengthening can all help knees stay pain-free and problem-free. While knee pain should always be checked with a doctor to rule out injury, early arthritis, or other serious conditions, the good news is that knee pain from overuse is usually solvable with ice, rest and exercises that promote healing.

Pacing: Always warm up before you exercise and choose your workouts wisely. Know your limits. Give yourself time to get in shape and don’t try to do too much too soon. Follow the 10% rule: Never increase the duration or intensity of your exercise or activity by more than 10 percent in a week. Train for at least two months before beginning stressful activities such as skiing or running in a race. Strength, flexibility, aerobic and core exercises will help prevent knee and other injuries. Remember a cool down stretch helps prevent injuries as well. Continue Reading »

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