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  • Asthma and Exercise (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Almost every child (and adult) with asthma can benefit from sports and physical activity. Also, asthma should not prevent young athletes from enjoying a full athletic career. The following is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics

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  • Basketball and Volleyball (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Acute and overuse injuries are common in jumping sports like basketball and volleyball. Acute injuries include bruises (contusions); cuts and scrapes (lacerations); ankle, knee, or finger sprains or fractures; shoulder dislocations; eye injuries;

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  • Ballet and Dance (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Dance is an artistic, athletic, expressive, and social form of physical activity that appeals to a wide variety of individuals. The physical aspects of dance can be both a valuable source of exercise as well as a cause of injury. For young people

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  • Baseball and Softball (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Baseball and softball are extremely popular among America's youth. Injuries are common because of the large number of athletes participating. While most injuries are acute, there are specific overuse injuries that commonly affect young ball

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  • Biking (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Biking is a fun way for children of all ages to get active and stay fit. Most children learn to ride a tricycle at around 3 years of age. Between 4 and 7 years of age most children learn to ride a bike. However, remember that each child is different

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  • Cheerleading (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Cheerleading is often thought of as a sport only for high school and college athletes. However, it is becoming more popular among younger athletes as well.

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  • Core Exercises (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Core exercises strengthen the muscles of the spine, abdomen, and pelvis. These muscles support all physical activity.

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  • Concussions (Care of the Young Athlete)

    A concussion is any injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function on a temporary or permanent basis. Concussions are typically caused by a blow or jolt to the head.

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  • Diving (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Competitive springboard and platform divers start training and competing at an early age. Many Olympic and world champions are 18 years of age and younger.

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  • Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active

    Today's youth are less active and more overweight than any previous generation.

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  • Figure Skating (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Figure skating is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Competitive skating requires strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, balance, jumping ability, artistic expression, mental strength, and financial resources.

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  • Exercise-Related Heat Illness (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Exercise-related heat illness (ERHI) or "heat injury" happens when exercise is done in high temperature and high humidity. It's one type of injury, unlike sports injuries caused by contact, that can almost always be prevented with proper attention

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  • Football (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Football is a fast-paced, aggressive, contact team sport that is very popular among America's youth. Football programs exist for players as young as 6 years all the way through high school, college, and professional.

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  • Gymnastics (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Gymnastics is a sport of flexibility and agility that includes 4 forms: artistic, rhythmic, acrobatic, and tumbling and trampoline. Each form has its unique physical demands and specific injury risks; however, all forms include jumping and back

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  • Golf (Care of the Young Athlete)

    In the past, golf was seen by many as a leisure activity for people with extra time and money to spend. Today golf is seen as a sport, and one that appeals to younger participants.

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  • Horseback Riding (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Horseback riding (equestrian) is a common activity in the United States; about 30 million people go horseback riding every year. Unlike other sports, the risk of injury is highest for the most inexperienced riders. As riders gain experience,

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