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17/Jun/2019

If you take a look on any social media platform these days, chances are you’ve spotted at least one of your favorite influencers taking part in juicing or going on a juice cleanse. With high-profile actors and Instagram celebrities all jumping on the bandwagon, this craze has been almost everywhere in the digital world. You’ve probably been thinking about trying it out if you’re looking for a way to detox your body or to start a new diet, but we have some benefits and a few potential risks that come along with this trend to consider before you jump head-first into that bright green apple-spinach-celery juice.

Benefits Most juice cleanses typically involve eating/drinking only juice for a range of 3 to 10 days, during which time you can get a good boost of healthy vitamins and minerals that you might not be getting enough of on a regular diet. Juices are often rich in anti-inflammatory agents that have the potential to boost your immune system and give you more energy. Juicing could help you flush toxins from your body, lose weight, and help improve digestion by introducing healthy gut enzymes. However, it’s important for us to take a second here to note that most of these benefits have not been scientifically proven.

Potential Risks Even with all of juice’s possible benefits, there are more than a few potential risks involved with pursuing this method of detox.

– Juice that has not been pasteurized or treated to kill harmful bacteria can make you sick. These bacteria could have a deadly effect on the oldest, youngest, and weakest among us. – Anyone with a kidney disorder could be affected by juice that contains oxalate, an acid that contributes to kidney stones and other issues.

– As juice cleanse diets are based in “detoxing,” this can result in consuming too few calories to sustain a healthy level of blood sugar, causing fatigue, fainting, dehydration, weakness, headaches, and hunger. These effects can be especially dangerous for those of us with diabetes.

– The extreme weight loss that comes with cleanses is not typically lasting and will often result in a “swing” back to your former weight when the cleanse is completed.

If you’re going to try it… Take the necessary steps to protect your body.

Make sure you’re buying your juice from a reputable source and reading the labels.

Plan for a shorter 1-2 day “reset” cleanse, rather than a long cleanse that is going to zap your body of its energy and nutrients.

Supplement your juice with clean protein when you’re feeling hungry.

You can even try “blending,” which is focused on blending fruits and veggies, as opposed to just squeezing the juice out of them.

Blending has been shown to leave a higher number of antioxidants in the final product than fruits that have been juiced.

Most importantly, listen to your body! It will tell you if it’s hungry, needs a break, is not about the juice, or maybe just needs a nap to recharge, reset, and detox.

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17/Jun/2019

This is the year! You’re finally going to achieve full “summer body” status – you’re going to eat right, work out regularly, slim down, and keep the weight off. Does this goal ring a bell? With the month of June knocking on our door, many of us are thinking about summer activities and all of the fun things we want to do when the warmest months of the year are upon us, but the thought of getting in a bathing suit can be intimidating and can lead to crash diets that don’t produce lasting results. The good news is that this CAN be the year you work to get that summer body and keep it that way for fall and winter if you start with aiming for a healthy body, rather than just a skinny one.

Start Small
When trying to implement any major health adjustment or lifestyle change, it’s important to have reasonable expectations – any lasting change to your health doesn’t happen overnight! If you haven’t been working out, start by walking around your neighborhood or joining one of our local Laredo gyms. If you have a regular workout routine, think about changing things up to give your body a fresh jump start. This is also an excellent time to introduce a well-balanced diet so that you’re not counteracting the workouts with food that is not going to nourish your body.

Work Up
Now that you’ve had some time to warm up to working out more regularly, it’s time to up the intensity. Exercises that are high intensity and high-calorie burning can be great for toning and weight loss. Running, interval training, dance cardio, and swimming are all great ways to burn a high number of calories. If you are continuing to eat healthy, intensifying your workouts will help you lose weight and tone up naturally.

Maintain
Hopefully, you have now reached the point of healthy, fit, and ready – ready to put that bathing suit on and hit the pool! They key now is maintaining the new healthy lifestyle that you have worked hard to build. Keep up with your work out and meal plans, take steps to de-stress, and make sure you’re visiting your doctor for your yearly exams. This healthy state of mind can help foster overall wellness and also help prevent disease or illness. It’s also important to keep in mind that anything worth working towards takes time and that nothing worth having will come easily! Taking care of yourself this summer is important. Encourage yourself, stick to the plan, work hard, and don’t sweat it if you want to have a cheat day or take a break from the gym. A healthy body will come in time as long as you keep the goal in mind and are taking steps to get there.

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17/Jun/2019

Did you know that back pain back is one of the most common health issues that Americans of all ages face? Studies show that at least 8 out of 10 people will suffer from it, which means at least 31 million Americans are expected to experience back pain at some point in their life, so the odds are that you have experienced some form of back pain already.

What are the most common causes of back pain?

The most common factor among people who suffer from back pain is sitting too much. This is because a large portion of the back, neck, and various other muscles connected to the body’s distribution of force are all used when working or staying in unnatural positions for extended periods of time, such as sitting or slouching.

A more unknown cause can be linked to your emotional state. Emotional and mental health determines your ability to effectively address stress, which means that depression can have a huge effect on the overall physical health of your body.

Bulging or ruptured disks can be a major cause of back pain. This happens when the disks, the cushions between the bones in your spine, bulge or rupture and press on a nerve in the spine causing severe discomfort.

Arthritis and Osteoarthritis can also affect the lower back. In some extreme cases, having arthritis in the spine can lead to a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord, resulting in a medical condition called spinal stenosis.

Scoliosis, a condition where an individual’s spine curves to the side, can cause discomfort and lifelong back pain.

Other causes for back pain can be attributed to a spinal injury, primarily if pain resides in the lower back. Sudden pain that lasts less than six weeks can be due to a fall or heavy lifting, while back pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic and should be checked by your doctor. Weight gain can also place a constant strain on your back that often comes along with muscle spasms.

Pain management for any form of back pain can be approached in several ways, some more extreme than others.

Before reaching for pain meds or opting for surgery, there are a few less extreme options to consider:

1.) Shed excess weight. By using a BMI calculator, an individual can type in their information and discover if they are considered a healthy weight for their height.

2.) Wearing flat shoes with cushioned soles are vital for those of us who experience back pain. Having supportive footwear will reduce the stress on the spinal cord and require less effort from your spine when in motion.

3.) Focus on your posture. How you sit, stand, and lie down can have a significant effect on your back. For standing, try to keep your back straight and balance the weight of your body evenly with both feet and legs straight. For sitting, sit upright with support on the small of your back, keeping knees and hips level while your feet are flat on the floor.

4.) If you are continually working on a computer, be sure when using a keyboard to make sure your forearms are horizontal while keeping your elbows at right angles.

5.) Sleeping on a firm mattress is vital for supporting the weight of your shoulders and lower body, allowing your spine to stay straight. Support your head with a pillow while making sure your neck is not forced at an upward angle.

 

Too much sitting is bad for you. Learn how to stand up and stay active, even when you work in an office!  Read Here. 

 

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17/Jun/2019

They say that you’re only young once, and life in your 20’s can certainly seem like there is no other choice but to have as much fun as possible! But now you’re in your 30’s, and making lifestyle adjustments in these next few years can go a long way in repairing the damage that your younger self may have done to your body – staying up late, excessive drinking, maybe even smoking or not staying physically active. These transformative years can help get your health back on track, and we have a few tips and lifestyle changes to help you do it.

The first step to achieving a healthy lifestyle is the mental will to get there. Adults in their late twenties to early thirties experience a lot of unneeded stress, mostly due to professional or personal life issues. While the demanding responsibilities that we face during this time of our lives can be stressful and exhausting, there are small exercises you can do to help make the stressors of life more bearable. A great example is journaling or making a list – putting pen to paper to get your responsibilities and anxiety out of your head can make it easier to prioritize and identify them, and eventually overcome them.

Whether you’ve spent the last few years focused on climbing the corporate ladder or have been too stressed to worry about sleep, now is the time to take back control of your sleep schedule. Did you know that not getting enough sleep can cause hormonal imbalances, which can affect the overall health of your body and can lead to serious health issues later in life? If you find yourself having trouble falling or staying asleep, try keeping your cell phone and computer on do not disturb after a certain hour. The blue light that these devices give off can keep you awake for hours after logging off, and less screen time can also be good for your eyes and mental state.

Regular exercise is an essential step in being healthy at any age. Some good options for getting back into the work out state-of-mind, especially if you’ve been out of the game for a while, is to get up and walk for 30 minutes every morning, sign up for a yoga class, go spinning, or reach out to a personal trainer for weekly workouts until confident enough to exercise on your own. Whatever it is you choose to do, finding something you love will help you stick to a routine!

A great way to make working out a regular habit is to take the ‘cue and reward’ approach. For example, if you want to become a regular runner in the morning, you would first need to start running at the same time every day which creates a cue, and then rewarding yourself with an episode of your favorite show after the run. Doing this repeatedly will create a habit in your day-to-day life, and make it something to look forward too, rather than dread.

Weight management and nutrition goes hand-in-hand with regular workouts – often times, getting on track with one will lead to healthy adjustments for the other. A balanced diet complemented with vitamin supplements can give your body a kick-start for maintaining focus on your weight management and workout routine.

The downside of getting older is that our bodies cannot bounce back like they used to, but with age comes wisdom. With wisdom and some of our tips listed above, you have the complete power to make this stage of your life the best, most healthy one yet!

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17/Jun/2019

No one ever plans for a medical emergency to happen, but when it does, you want to be as prepared as possible. You need to know where to seek medical attention, especially those of us that are parents to small children or guardians of the elderly. Having an “idea” versus knowing where to seek the best medical care for emergency situations can make a huge difference in the timeliness and quality of the assistance you receive.

From the outside, a freestanding emergency room and urgent care clinic might appear to be very similar, but through the doors and under the surface there is a lot of vital information that separates the two facilities that a patient should be aware of. In general, a free-standing emergency room compared to an urgent care clinic offers completely different medical services. The first and most basic distinction between the two is a free-standing emergency room will be open 24 hours a day, where an urgent care clinic is only operating within regular business hours.

The most crucial difference between the two types of facilities is dependent on the care a patient seeks. Although both types of establishments market to “immediate” medical attention seekers, if choosing the wrong type of medical aid, help can be delayed for quite some time due to redirection or relocation. It is essential for patients to be able to distinguish between a real medical emergency and symptoms considered urgent. Free-standing emergency rooms are considered best for symptoms that are abnormal or extreme, like broken bones or severe cuts, whereas urgent care is made for handling symptoms that are more run-of-the-mill – experiencing flu-like symptoms, a fever, or a stomach bug. It is also important to note that when you come to an emergency room, you will normally be treated by a board-certified physician. While urgent care centers can be staffed by physicians, more often than not you will be seen by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP).

Because freestanding emergency rooms are privately owned, they will typically house more advanced medical facilities/equipment and staff trained in various different medical fields. This means that at a free-standing emergency room, not only are you often able to receive an overnight observation but also be given fluids and full serviced lab testing, compared to urgent care counterparts, which are typically hospital-owned facilities only able to give basic care and prescriptions.

As far as price and acceptance of medical insurance goes, because both offer standard services, typically both establishments accept very similar forms of health insurance and payment options. The difference you will find here is all dependent on the facility. We always recommend conducting prior research on insurance acceptance before seeking treatment in order to avoid receiving services that won’t be covered. We hope that this information is helpful to our patients so that the next time you need medical assistance, you will be fully prepped and educated on the best type of facility for their situation.

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17/Jun/2019

With spring break just around the corner, fun far-off getaways and local vacations are on everyone’s mind, but the dread and anxiety of planning a spring break perfect for the entire family can be stressful! Does a spring break vacation seem like it’s worth the hassle?

Luckily, some of the best Texas vacation spots are practically in our very own backyard here in Laredo, Texas, and almost all offer the perfect combination of fun, relaxation, and adventure. These perfectly Texas-esque spots are sure to entertain every member of your family! So, don’t stress over the “big trip” plans and pick a destination that’s not only within driving distance, but will be just as fun as a cross-country vacay and is full of family memories to be made!

Need some ideas for these awesome local trips for spring break? We’ve got you covered:

Gruene, Texas: Located a mere three-hour drive away, you and your family will get to enjoy one of the most historic towns in Texas and get a taste of their famous specialty shops in and around the city. Just right around the corner from New Braunfels, Gruene is bordered by Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River, making it the perfect spot for beautiful views and water adventures like tubing and boating!

Corpus Christi: Want a beachfront view for the weekend? Then Corpus Christi is the perfect spot, only two and a half hours away with 75 miles of beautiful shoreline. Corpus Christi also has the picturesque Padre Island National Seashore, complete with some of the state’s best beaches, shell hunting, and fishing – it’s a great spot for getting some sun and watching the waves. This town also offers tons of local tours, and the must-see Texas State Aquarium, featuring a 25-foot viewing window and a deck-side dolphin encounter. With so much to do, you and your family will love a getaway in this great city!

Port Isabel: Only four hours away, this is a city made for a Texas fisherman! Get all the supplies you will need on your way in at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, and enjoy arguably the best fishing Texas has to offer. This historic little town also has beautiful scenery, beach-front views, iconic lighthouses, as well as excellent museums in and around the heart of their downtown square!

Austin, Texas: Not only is it three and a half hours away, known for its excellent food and music scene but did you know it is also a city that houses some of the state’s most beautiful nature adventures? Take your family on a beautiful hike through Pedernales Falls State Park, all the way down to Bee Cave, and be sure to grab some great street tacos after! Austin holds all the fun experiences that make a spring break,  extended trip or weekend getaway one for the books.

Wanting to stay more local? No worries, we have just as many fun and cost-conscious activities right here in the heart of Laredo, Texas! With a full event calendar in Laredo, events and activities are always being added, so make sure you are staying up to date with what’s going on around the city!

Here are some Laredo must-sees that are perfect all year round. Get some fresh air and beautiful views at the famous Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, Go on an academic adventure at Lamer Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center and Laredo’s Water Museum, or visit The Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium!

Whether you are wanting a road trip or a local hangout this spring break, there are tons of daily adventures and weekend getaways all around and in the heart of Laredo – all available at your fingertips! Laredo Emergency Room hopes you and your family get all of the family fun, rest, relaxation, and adventure you need and deserve!

Another great thing to do with the family this Spring Break is exercise! Check out our blog on making fitness fun for the whole family.

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17/Jun/2019

While the New Year starts to roll in and you begin to prepare for wholesome January or another popular cleanse diet, ask yourself this, is it worth putting your body through this stress?

We all recognize that these diets may get the job done now, but let’s try to think about what the best options are for long-term healthy lifestyle.

The debate between dieting and lifestyle changes has been going on for years. We know this can be confusing for the individuals trying to find the best option for them and their health, so we here at the Laredo Emergency Room want to give you the facts so you can make the best decision for you and your needs.

While getting ready to start your new health craze, ask yourself a few questions, does your diet make specific foods off limits? Has this diet promised unrealistic weight loss goals over a short time period? Finally, has it promised to help you lose weight without exercising?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, chances are you’re looking at a fad diet. Fad or trendy diets are not always a bad thing, but depending on its implementation, they can lead to more severe health consequences later down the road.

When dieting, results tend to show faster, but nutritionists and doctors report that losing weight quickly over an extended period of time may appear to be a healthy jumpstart, but in actuality, is quite the opposite.

These extreme, fast-paced weight-loss regimens can make you think you are shedding those unwanted pounds, but instead of weight, you are dropping a high proportion of water mass, or even losing muscle tissue. By limiting your nutritional intake, this process can be very unhealthy.

Since the majority of diets are considered temporary, most likely you will eventually fluctuate back to your original weight. Professionals call this fluctuation of weight ‘yo-yo dieting’, and while the term might sound harmless enough, the repetition of this dieting method can take a severe toll on your body that can lead to health problems later down the road. In response to this, doctors are now emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy regime by adjusting their lifestyle, rather than dieting, in order to maintain peak mental and physical health.

Managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not result from a short-term dietary change. Rather, it’s about making a long-term commitment to change that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories eaten alongside the calories the body uses.

Although the term ‘lifestyle change’ sounds intimidating, it’s all about making small modifications that lead to a significant result. Results may take longer to notice, but the body is then able to maintain a healthy, and sustainable weight loss rate, which is around 1 to 2 pounds per week.
The key to making a lifestyle change last is creating a realistic plan that you are confident you can maintain. The most critical element to being able to implement this change into your day-to-day regimen is progressing as the process becomes more normalized. Therefore make sure you start small and break down your overall goal into manageable steps. Making a lifestyle change is not an easy job, but it is the most beneficial for your health. If you can, involve a friend for support. It will make the process much less intimidating. There are also support groups in your community and online that have other people just like you who are making healthy lifestyle changes.

So remember when you think that making a lifestyle change sounds hard compared to dieting, don’t forget that there is a massive difference in weight loss and being healthy, and dieting gets in the way of long-lasting change.

Check out these 4 habits you can start right now for a better, healthier life.

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17/Jun/2019

It’s always the same thing – every January, people across the country resolve to lose half their body weight, suddenly turn vegan, or run a full marathon the following week. The problem with these goals, as admirable as they are, is that they are not attainable New Year’s resolutions, at least in the short term. All too often, people who make such far-reaching, lofty goals each January 1 are more likely than not to be disappointed – and then even more likely to fall back into their old bad habits.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we recommend a more measured, gradual approach to your healthy New Year’s resolutions.

Making these small, simple tweaks to your diet can make surprisingly big changes in your overall health and physique:

Hydrate smart. Of course, you’ve heard the age-old wisdom about drinking eight glasses of water every day – and if you’re like most people, you fall short of that goal most days. But if you look at what you drink each day, including coffee, sodas, alcoholic beverages, and other drinks, you may find that you actually drink plenty of fluids – just not the right kinds. Switch even just some of your sugary or high-calorie favorites for water with lemon. Adding lemon to your water not only gives your otherwise bland drink a bit of zesty flavor – but it also boosts metabolism.

Go whole. Switching from white or refined grains to whole grains is one of the easiest ways to improve your diet. Virtually all grain-based foods, from tortillas, breads, and muffins, to cereals, pastas, and pizza crusts, are available in whole wheat varieties. People who make this simple swap have better digestive health, lower cholesterol, and lower body weights than people who eat white, refined grains. A Nurses’ Health Study, documented by the National Institutes of Health, even concluded that increased intake of whole grains can protect against coronary heart disease, which can help keep you out of Laredo Emergency Room.

Eat slowly. The body takes about 20 minutes from the time you eat to feel full, which means that if you go back for a second helping before those 20 minutes are up, you may find in the end that you’ve overeaten. In other words, you were satisfied with your first serving – you just didn’t know it. Eating slowly allows your body to catch up to your appetite, reducing the chance that you will overeat and consume more calories and fat than your body actually needs. Eating slowly can also reduce the risk of heartburn and abdominal discomfort.

Size right. Portion control can go a long way toward losing weight. Our culture of huge portions is catching up with Americans in a big way, and the trend has spread from the restaurant table to the kitchen table. Gradually cutting back portion sizes can trim calories and fat from your diet each and every day, helping you to lose weight without actually changing what you eat or restricting you from eating your favorite foods. Giving yourself specific amounts of snack foods, rather than eating right out of the box or bag, and keeping snack foods hidden from view can also help.

These helpful yet completely do-able strategies will have you feeling better, less bloated, and more energetic – and likely will help you trim a few pounds while you’re at it, all without making major changes. See, attainable New Year’s resolutions are possible, if you just take it in small steps.

 

Hiring a personal trainer is another fantastic approach to achieving your health goals in 2019. Learn more about the top things to look for in this blog: How to Pick a Personal Trainer

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17/Jun/2019

The holiday season is near, and no one wants to feel bad during the happiest time of the year. The cold and flu season always seems to start earlier and more aggressively than the year before, which is why it is important to stay ahead of the virus by taking precautions to avoid the cold and flu. While there is no 100% guarantee that you can prevent the cold and flu, we have a few tips you can use to help strengthen your immune system and avoid catching the cold and flu this season!

  • Wash your hands frequently: One of the best ways to prevent the common cold and flu is to wash your hands. As we touch public doors, buttons, bathroom door handles, and come into close contact with a sick co-worker or a significant other, we then touch our face transferring bacteria and viruses causing germs to easily enter the body. Biotherm states that on average you touch your face 2000 to 3000 times per day – which is 2 to 5 times a minute! LER recommends washing your hands shortly after interaction with public objects. The proper way to wash your hands is to use soap and warm water. Scrub hands for at least 20 seconds. Rinse well with water and finally dry with a towel. Another way to prevent the cold and flu is to utilize hand sanitizer. Apply throughout the day to stay germ-free.

 

  • Drink plenty of water: By staying hydrated, you can flush out bad toxins in your body, which will allow you to recover faster and stay hydrated. Although water is best, hot tea is also a doctor’s recommendation because it has antioxidants. Drinking hot tea can deliver instant and constant relief from a runny nose, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, chilliness, and tiredness. Whether it’s water or tea, keep hydrated with plenty of fluids to strengthen your immune system.

 

  • Flu vaccinations: Staying up to date with yearly vaccinations is important. If you’re waiting for your symptoms to worsen, it’s too late. Every year, the flu causes hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. The flu shot is available to help protect people from the virus. We encourage you to visit your primary care physician, or your closest CVS or Walgreens, to receive this year’s vaccination. According to CDC, by getting the flu shot you are reducing the risk of having to visit the doctor due to the flu by 30 percent to 60 percent. Get the flu shot today, before it’s too late!

 

Though cold and flu season is here, following these health tips can help you maintain a strong immune system and recover faster should you get sick. If you have any questions or concerns about your personal health or if the flu shot is right for you, contact your doctor to discuss other possible safe solutions for you and your family.

 

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17/Jun/2019

Across the nation, sport related injuries are on the rise—and they can contribute to many factors. The physical stress is often too much for the growing bodies of young athletes and wearing the proper safety gear isn’t always enforced. And this just scratches the surface.

Studies have now connected concussions to prolonged participation in football. The condition known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, has led to life-altering physical and mental conditions for many prominent professional athletes. Although sports leagues and schools have sparked nationwide campaigns to help encourage safety in sports at all ages. And though sport related injuries are now on high alert, dangers of suffering injuries are no less alarming. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reported the following:

1.) Football accounted for 1, 0240,022 doctor office, emergency room, and hospital visits

2.) Soccer accounted for 368,726 injuries

3.) Cheerleading caused 75,307 injuries

4.) Gymnastics contributed to 67,542 injuries

This is why parents must get involved to keep young athletes safe, in addition to efforts from programs such as Heads Up Football and our very own, here at Laredo Emergency Room. The following are some simple ways you can help protect your child from injuries:

  • 1.) Heart Screenings – Unfortunately, a life of sports is not meant for everyone, especially those of us with heart conditions. It’s never easy to take away something they love, but sometimes that’s the best way to protect our loved ones.
  • 2.) Stretching and Warming Up – To help prepare their body for exercise, make sure they loosen their joints and increase their blood flow by stretching. Encourage them to gently prepare for physical activity by warming up.
  • 3.) Playing with Kids Their Age – Your child can be as large as an older kid and still not as physically mature. Letting them play with them may be too big of a risk and literal hit to take.
  • 4.) Avoiding Excessive Fatigue – Some schools of thought have suggested fatigue contributes to sports-related injuries. Until the cause and correlation are clear, we should not let our children over-extend themselves.
  • 5.) Buying the Right Shoes – Running routes on wet grass in sneakers is an injury waiting to happen. Investing in the right shoes can help keep them out of our ER and on the playing field!
  • 6.) Staying Hydrated – Losing just 1% of their body’s water content can increase the likelihood of injury.
  • 7.) Avoiding Playing while Injured – When not under profession sports contract, playing injured should be out of the question. Let them heel before they get back on the field.
  • 8.) Watching Their Temperature – Combining sports with temperatures in the upper 90’s too 100’s can equal a heat stroke. In the summer, at its hottest, young athletes face the most significant risk.
  • 9.) Consuming Nutritious Foods – Sports injuries can often be a sign of nutritional imbalances. Help avoid the problem by preparing pre-workout-foods that have a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and calories.
  • 10.) Joining a Team Sport – Youth sports participation can not only help improve your child’s health and physical fitness, but can also boost their self-esteem, and improve their leadership skills!

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