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  • Martial Arts (Care of the Young Athlete)

    More than 6 million children in the United States participate in martial arts. Martial arts are known to improve social skills, discipline, and respect in children. Children can also improve their abilities to concentrate and focus on activities,

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  • Little League Elbow (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Little League elbow is a common overuse injury associated with throwing. This injury is most common in pitchers but also occurs in catchers, infielders, and outfielders.

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  • Lacrosse (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States. It's both a contact (boys) and noncontact (girls) sport. Injuries differ between the contact game of boys' lacrosse (body contact and stick checking allowed) and the noncontact

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  • Is Your Child Ready for Sports? (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Sports readiness means that a child has the physical, mental, and social skills to meet the demands of the sport. While general guidelines can help you select a sport based on age, it's important to remember that children develop at different

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  • Ice Hockey (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Ice hockey is one of the fastest sports and requires good physical conditioning and skating skills. It is a team sport played from the ages of 5 to 6 years through adulthood.

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  • How to Prevent Overuse Injuries (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Over the past 20 years more children are participating in organized and recreational athletics. With so many young athletes playing sports, it's no wonder injuries are common. Half of all sports medicine injuries in children and teens are from

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  • Horseback Riding (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Horseback riding (equestrian) is a common activity in the United States; about 30 million people go horseback riding every year. Unlike other sports, the risk of injury is highest for the most inexperienced riders. As riders gain experience,

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  • Gymnastics (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Gymnastics is a sport of flexibility and agility that includes 4 forms: artistic, rhythmic, acrobatic, and tumbling and trampoline. Each form has its unique physical demands and specific injury risks; however, all forms include jumping and back

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  • Golf (Care of the Young Athlete)

    In the past, golf was seen by many as a leisure activity for people with extra time and money to spend. Today golf is seen as a sport, and one that appeals to younger participants.

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  • Get Fit, Stay Healthy

    Being fit means you're in good shape, you have energy, you're active, and you don't get tired easily during the day. Most people who are fit also feel pretty good about themselves.

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  • Football (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Football is a fast-paced, aggressive, contact team sport that is very popular among America's youth. Football programs exist for players as young as 6 years all the way through high school, college, and professional.

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  • Figure Skating (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Figure skating is a lifelong sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Competitive skating requires strength, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, balance, jumping ability, artistic expression, mental strength, and financial resources.

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  • Exercise-Related Heat Illness (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Exercise-related heat illness (ERHI) or "heat injury" happens when exercise is done in high temperature and high humidity. It's one type of injury, unlike sports injuries caused by contact, that can almost always be prevented with proper attention

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  • Encourage Your Child to Be Physically Active

    Today's youth are less active and more overweight than any previous generation.

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  • Diving (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Competitive springboard and platform divers start training and competing at an early age. Many Olympic and world champions are 18 years of age and younger.

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  • Core Exercises (Care of the Young Athlete)

    Core exercises strengthen the muscles of the spine, abdomen, and pelvis. These muscles support all physical activity.

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