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Preventing Concussions a Priority for Allegheny Health Network Concussion Center

As a teacher or athletic director who works with student athletes – or someone that may have a child of your own who plays contact sports – here’s something you should be aware of.

02/10/2016 - 08:29
KidSports Staff
The sun is at its peak in the sky, which means it nearing the middle of summer and your kid is most likely outside.

There are many outdoor-related injuries that children endure in the summer months.

07/07/2015 - 12:36
Greg Zimmer
In pediatric sports medicine almost half of all injuries are due to overuse. This can be especially true in baseball. As kids train year-round for sports, now is a good time to prepare for this summer sport.

Q: My 11-year-old son is a pitcher on his baseball team. I’ve read about the rise in “Little League elbow.” How can my son keep his throwing arm healthy?

07/08/2013 - 14:31
KidSports Staff
Be prepared. During an emergency, those two simple words could possibly mean the difference between life and death.

Professional, college, and high school sports organizations dictate policies and practice procedures in case of emergency.

04/24/2013 - 08:28
Vee Matisko
Eye protection also should be a major concern for all athletes.

Proper protective eyewear could prevent thousands of eye injuries that children and adults suffer from every year.

12/29/2012 - 16:02
PSR Staff
When athletes become injured during games, the first responders are typically athletic trainers.

Although athletic trainers cannot formally diagnose injuries, they can administer first response, and educate athletes on injury prevention, rehabilitation and proper nutrition.

12/29/2012 - 15:56
Rachel Trunk
The number of adolescents participating in organized sports has increased over the last few decades. Today, 40 percent of all pediatric injuries are sports-related and estimates put this number at 4.4 million injuries per year.

One of the most common sports injuries children experience is to the knee. The knee is the largest joint in the human body and it is the most utilized joint in sports.

12/29/2012 - 14:37
Rachel Trunk
Falls and collisions can often result in an orthopaedic injury. There are two types of these injuries that your children could sustain while at the playground.

One is a traumatic (acute) injury. Traumatic injuries have a known mechanism and are usually characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, pain and loss of function.

10/19/2012 - 09:30
Edward D. Snell M.D.
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the airways to become inflamed (swollen) and secrete large amounts of mucous. Consequently, there is less airflow to the lung tissue, causing difficulty with breathing, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.

For some people who have asthma, exercise can exacerbate these symptoms; other people who don’t normally have asthma may experience these symptoms when they exercise.

07/11/2012 - 09:39
By Edward D Snell MD
According to statistics compiled by the American College of Sports Medicine, 300,000 sports- and recreation-related concussions are diagnosed each year. Perhaps more troubling, the group estimates that 85 percent of concussions may go undiagnosed.

More people have become more aware of concussions in general, though, and especially so at the high-school sports level.

06/20/2012 - 13:25
Steve Sampsell
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