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Gymnastics Safety: Many Injuries Are Preventable

Gymnastics is a popular sport for today's girls. Yet, it is actually one of the more dangerous sports for their health. Here's some information to help parents choose the safest program for their child.

Heat Illnesses: What Parents Need To Know

Kids love the outdoors and the hot weather is often not a deterrent. However, exercising in the heat can be very dangerous for kids of all ages. Here's a run down of what to look for and, more importantly, how to help your child avoid the dangers of the heat while participating in sports.

Helping Children Learn To Talk to Coaches

When kids enter middle school, they want to become more independent. One important skill to learn is how to talk to their own coach and learn to find the coach that will help them achieve their goals. Our job as parents is to coach our kids through those sometimes tough conversations.

What Kids Need During A Heat Wave Are Usually What They Don't Get: Shade and Sports Drinks

I hear it over and over again this time of year:

"She seemed fine."
"He wasn't thirsty."
"She was playing just great!"
"He looked so strong."

Kung Fu Panda: A Great Movie With Surprising Sports Lessons


Kung Fu Panda is one of the best family movies I’ve seen in a long while. It had something for everyone, even us grownups! Don’t let the PG rating scare you – nothing inappropriate for small kids at all, although I suppose this depends on how you define "appropriate". Let's just say, nothing made me think "small kids should'nt be here.

Rare Form of Drowning Has Teachable Moments for All Our Kids' Safety

The sad headline of the dry drowing of a 10 year old South Carolina boy this week has many parents concerned. With the warm weather here in many parts of our country and summer approaching fast, swimming will be part of many of our kids' lives very, very soon. Before you panic, let me give you some facts and tell you a few things you can do to keep your kids safe.

What To Do If Your Child Is Injured Playing Sports

Deciding whether to call the doctor or 911 after your child is injured playing sports isn't always easy. Here are some guidelines to help you determine the best type of care for your child.

Team Sports and The Overweight Child: New Study Offers Hope

A new study (the Stanford Sports to Prevent Obesity Randomized Trial or SPORT for short) offers a great model for helping obese kids enjoy team sports and lose weight.

Hearts and Heart Health: CPR Is A Community Concern

With new CPR guidelines for adults from the American Heart Association, you may be wondering if you should learn CPR. Even if you have small kids at home, the answer is YES!

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