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Youth Sports: Abuse Takes Many Forms

Abuse in youth sports takes four basic forms: physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Unfortunately, all forms of abuse are common and the damage from the most common form of abuse (emotional abuse) is no less real than the damage resulting from other forms of abuse.

Resources On Effect Of Traffic-Related Air Pollution On Children Playing Sports Near Busy Roads or Highways

Children are particularly vulnerable to adverse health effects of vehicular air pollution.

Locating Athletic Fields Away From Busy Roads Recommended

The consensus of medical experts is that playing fields should not be located any closer than 500 feet and ideally 1,000 feet from busy roads.

Locating Playing Fields Near Busy Roads: Dangerous to Children?

Before your community decides to build new playing fields near a busy highway, it should consider whether children's health could be harmed.

Connecticut Town A Model For Managing Playing Fields Without Use of Pesticides

A Connecticut town shows that mplementing an organic land management approach can result in healthier turf and lower maintenance costs for town athletic fields.

Sports Benefit Boys in Many Ways

It is well-established that playing sports is good for boys.  Indeed, some experts contend that, given  the way they hard-wired, boys need sports and competition because they provide healthy ways to channel their intense physicality and aggression and feel strong.

Athletes: Play Sports Clean, Hard and True

Advice from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons on the dangers of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).

CA-MRSA and the Athlete

Over the past several years, skin infections in sports have come to the forefront. Whether it is in professional or high school sports, the risks and problems remain the same. A few years back, the St. Louis Rams professional football team suffered an outbreak of a severe bacterial infection, Community-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA). An infection that can be controlled when limited to one player, but when several team members are involved, it can spread quickly and become difficult to contain.

Skate Through Winter Sports Injury-Free

Hockey, ice skating, sledding, skiing, snowboarding and other cold-weather activities are a great way to get some fresh air and exercise during those long chilly months. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) has some helpful hints to help prevent winter sports injuries.

Tips For Keeping Your Kids Safe in Cold Weather

With winter comes the risk of injuries and illnesses from cold-weather activity. Here are some tips for preventing and treating hypothermia, frostbite, and other cold-related injuries.
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