It’s finally summer! Barbeques, baseball games, concerts, pool parties, hanging out on the beach… these are the activities we’ve been looking forward to doing all winter long! The only thing you have to worry about is tan lines and keeping ice in the cooler, right? Unfortunately, while the sun and warm weather allows us to take advantage of the outdoors, excessive heat, sweating, and not keeping properly hydrated creates down side to fun in the sun as well.
Rock and roll! It time to venture out! Vacations, hikes, camping and leisure activities are what life is about. Since we were little and just learning to walk and talk we were discovering everything that made a noise, moved and made us go "I'm going over there!" As little kids we also learned about how we could get hurt or disappointed when we got into trouble going on these adventures. As adults we still want to do the same. Go out and adventure! This is all great fun, however we need to pre-plan so we don't make the mistakes we did as kids.
More American children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help young athletes (children and adolescents) keep fit and builds their self-confidence. Unfortunately, injuries are nothing new in youth sports, and a potential problem should not prevent these young athletes from participating as part of an active and healthy lifestyle. Parents and coaches can and should play a big role in helping these young athletes stay in the game (so to speak) by teaching them about common injuries within their sports and best practices for injury prevention.