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Child Exercise: How Much Is Too Much?

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Child ExerciseParticipation in sports activities can be wonderful for a child’s physical and emotional health. But where’s the line on your child’s exercise routine, and how much is too much?

The answer lies in each individual child. What might be too much for one child may be completely healthy for another. It’s important to know what your child can handle, and also to take steps to prevent exhaustion, injuries, mental “burn out,” and eating disorders.

While the risk of injury varies from sport to sport, the most common cause of injury, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is overuse:

Back Pain In Children

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Back Pain In Children

While back pain in adults is relatively common, children are more flexible and their bodies are more resilient, thus making back pain among that population less common. Because chronic or severe back pain can often be caused by a more serious medical problem, medical providers are more likely to treat such issues very seriously.

Here are some common back conditions that appear among children:

Scheuermann’s Kyphosis (rounded back) – A common cause of middle back pain, Scheuermann’s kyphosis occurs when vertebrae become wedged, causing a rounded, or hunched, back. Children with Scheuermann’s kyphosis may complain of pain in the curved part of the back, and that pain may increase with activity.

Summer Childhood Injuries: Concussions

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Symptoms Of Concussions In Kids

We’ve all heard a lot more about concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in recent years. Medical practitioners now better understand how devastating and debilitating multiple concussions can be as they can affect the way a brain functions.

As of 2012 all major professional sports leagues such as the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB have policies and procedures for handling concussions. If your child is part of any organized sport team or group, be sure to ask to see their policies on how to handle concussions.

Not all concussions are caused by organized sports; they are often caused by a fall, a car or bike accident or severe jarring to the body. A child with a concussion may be knocked unconscious, but most are not. Symptoms of a concussion may develop 24 to 72 hours after an injury. If your child shows any of these signs, take him to his doctor right away.

Active Kids Series: What Are Growing Pains?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

What Are Growing Pains?

“Growing pains” can affect children of many different ages and are usually described as a throbbing pain or ache in the legs. The calves, front of the thighs, or knees may be most affected. These pains occur most frequently at night and often are attributed to rapid growth rates. Since there is no evidence to support these pains are caused by a child’s physical growth, physicians have concluded that growing pains are more likely caused by the physical activities that kids are often involved in during childhood.