Articles Tagged with sports injury

Research has shown that youth participation in sports can help build confidence, good fitness levels, discipline, leadership skills, social skills, and more. Student athletes also qualify for scholarships and other awards. While there are certainly many benefits to taking part in sports during high school and college, athletes are at risk for certain types of injuries.

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This month is National Youth Sports Safety Month, and it’s a good time to make sure that you and your child’s school are doing everything possible to keep your child safe. This month, you will want to:

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Are your eyes in good shape? Do you take the precautions needed to avoid eye injuries? Many of us take our sight for granted, but facial injuries and eye injuries in Hollywood in Florida are devastating for thousands of people each year. A serious eye injury can deprive you of your sight, can end your career, and can be extremely painful.

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The American Academy of Ophthalmology has declared April to be Sports Eye Safety Month. If you or your children play any sports or take part in any recreational activity, this is a good time of year to review safety equipment and best practices to prevent facial injuries.

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The Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention released a study last month finding that football coaches with a sports-based education may help make football safer for young athletes. Researchers examined data for about 2,108 athletes between the ages 5 and 15. The study found that the football athletes were 43% less likely to sustain concussions in practices and 29% less likely to sustain a concussion when playing a game if their coaches had taken part in the USA Football “Heads-Up Football” training program.

The study is important in that it suggests that all coaches are not made alike. Whether a parent is choosing a coach for afterschool practice or a school is hiring an athletic director for their sports department, experience and training matter. There many ways that we can ensure that our children can avoid sports injuries in Hollywood and across Florida:

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A new law in the state aims to prevent concussions among student athletes in Miami and the rest of Florida. HB-291 requires that student athletes be removed from practice or a game if it appears they may have sustained a head injury or a concussion during a school athletic activity or event. Injured athletes require written permission from a doctor to return to play. Thirty states now have similar legislation.

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There is certainly a need for more prevention. Statistics show that 90% of the 300 000 brain and head injuries reported among high school athletes each year are concussions. Under the new Florida law, students who have sustained a head injury will return to sports gradually. They are not allowed back on the field the day they have sustained their injury and they must re-enter the sport with gradual activity, then moderate sport activity, then supervised activity. They can only return to contact sports after a doctor has agreed, in writing, that they are fit to do so.

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Homestead and surrounding areas have miles of Florida nature to explore. Although Florida is known for its modern cities, it is also a very green state and you don’t have to drive far to find large expanses of wilderness. In fact, each year visitors and residents alike are attracted to camping, hiking, and other activities in the state’s parks and wilderness areas.

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While the green spaces can offer great exercise and recreation, however, they come with their own dangers. Trip and fall accidents in Homestead can always be dangerous, but they can be even more deadly in the middle of nowhere with no way to call for help. Each year, hikers and campers are injured through misadventure or wild animals. Some lose their lives. If you want to explore the great outdoors, make sure you do so safely with these tips:

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Many gym owners in Homestead and other Florida cities report seeing an increase in new memberships at this time of year, and sales of exercise and sports equipment also tend to surge during the first few weeks of January as many people set up resolutions to get in shape, lose weight, and get healthier.

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These can be great resolutions, but getting in shape the wrong way or exercising with the wrong sports or exercise equipment can and does lead to injuries in Homestead and other communities. To make sure that your new health program leads to a fitter you and not an injured you, be sure that you:

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