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Fueling Your Athlete

Fueling Your Athlete

Nothing says “Texas” like youth sports. From soccer tots to linebackers and gymnasts, our kids are ready to compete. To help them perform at their best, they need more than practice, pads and playing time. They need proper nutrition. Four tips for fueling your athlete 1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Proper hydration — before, during and […]

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Concussion Discussion

  Sept 19, 2012 – Fox 4 News discusses sports concussions with Shane Miller, M.D., Pediatric Sports Medicine Specialist at Children’s Medical Center.  Surprisingly a fair number of concussions are received by girls playing soccer. A new Texas law requires kids to get a doctor’s approval to return to play following a concussion.

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Is Your Athlete’s Heart Game Ready?

Sports season is in full swing with football and volleyball games at nearly every high school. Before hitting the field or court, all young athletes should visit their pediatrician for a physical evaluation. While sudden cardiac death in otherwise apparently healthy teens is rare, it must be addressed to identify those who are at risk. […]

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Dehydration Can Sneak up on athletes

Sprints. Laps. Marching band drill-downs. These are a few activities that your football players, cheerleaders, marching band players and other fall athletes are concentrating on as they prepare for fall sports. In August. Outside. Under the boiling hot sun. One thing they’re probably not concentrating on? Hydration. Most teenagers prioritize it about as much as […]

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Is your athlete’s heart health up to par?

If your child is a sports player, chances are that he is in full swing with practices right now. If he hasn’t visited the pediatrician yet, be sure to make an appointment for a physical evaluation. While sudden cardiac death in an otherwise apparently healthy teen is a rare occurrence, it must be addressed to identify who is […]

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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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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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