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Marathons May Be for Kids, Too

It sounds crazy, but children may be able to run marathons as early on as first or second grade. Several weeks ago, The New York Times ran “Phys Ed: Should Children Run Marathons?” on their website. The author, Gretchen Reynolds, reported on two different studies: one about running injuries in children and the other about […]

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CT scans and children: tips for parents

You may have seen coverage recently on CNN Health about the increased number of CT, or computed tomography, scans being ordered by doctors for children. The number of these scans has risen five-fold over a 14-year period, according to the research. Radiation levels accumulate over time, so it’s important for parents to think about the […]

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Talking to your children about tragedies

In light of the shooting tragedy in Tucson and the one-year anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, parents should be prepared to talk to their children about these events. In fact, First Lady Michelle Obama has penned an eloquent letter to parents that offers some insights into talking with your children about tragedies such as Tucson. […]

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7 Tips for Safer X-rays, CT Scans

If your child has ever had ongoing pain that couldn’t be diagnosed in a doctor’s office, or even been to the dentist, chances are he’s had an X-ray or CT scan. These technologies help doctors pinpoint injuries and diagnose illnesses by giving them an inside, in-depth look at organs, tissues and bones. The downside is […]

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Concussion Resources

Texans regard sports more as a religion and less as a hobby. As soon as they’re potty trained, we sign our kids up for just about anything our local recreation centers offer. And while there are many benefits to playing sports at a young age, doing so doesn’t come without risks, as any parent who’s […]

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Pay Attention to Concussions

I remember sitting on the sidelines next to a high school football teammate after he was crushed by an opposing player on a kickoff return. He didn’t look hurt. He wasn’t screaming in agony or gripping his head. He was just kind of glazed over like a little kid watching cartoons. Our trainer kept asking […]

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Cheerleaders with Concussions

Guidelines for Return-to-play Stunting and tumbling put cheerleaders at risk for traumatic brain injuries. In fact, a recent report found that cheerleading is second in concussions behind football. To help coaches and parents determine when a cheerleader can return to cheerleading, the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators recently published the first guidelines: Stage 1 – No […]

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