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A letter from our sponsor, Floating Hospital for Children @Tufts
by posted 05/15/2019

Hello, all-please take a moment to read through the following from our Sponsor,  Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center! 

 

At Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, we love to see kids participating in sports – especially when it helps them get outside after a long winter. Not only does playing a sport set children up for better physical health now and in the future, but there are several social, psychological and academic benefits that come from playing sports as well.  And in a perfect world, those sports are played injury-free. But 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 are treated for sports injuries each year, so that’s clearly not the case.

 

There are a myriad of reasons why young athletes get injured so often, including

  • immature bones
  • not getting sufficient rest after an injury
  • inadequate training or conditioning
  • focusing on one sport too soon

 

However, there is good news – many of those injuries can be prevented. A majority of athletic injuries are overuse injuries – injuries to bones, muscles or tendons due to excessive or repeated use.  Overuse injuries children might encounter include: shin splints, Patellar tendinitis (in the knees), Achilles tendinitis, muscle strains in the groin, thigh, and calf, and stress fractures.

 

Many times, these overuse injuries go untreated in young children, because they begin with complaints about minor aches and pains that you might hear about on a day to day basis. And at first, they may not affect your child’s performance or ability to participate in sports. However, it’s important to give weight to these complaints, just in case they’re indicative of a larger problem.

 

So, how can you prevent overuse injuries in children?

Delay sports specialization in younger children.

  • Children who participate in a single sport year-round are more susceptible to overuse injuries due to repetitive use of the same muscle groups, and the associated wear and tear on tendons and bones.
  • Participating in a variety of sports allows for more balanced development of muscle strength and flexibility without excessive strain on isolated muscle groups.

Rest, but not too much.

  • Children should generally take at least one season off per year.
  • In the off-season, children should stay active through other recreational activities.
  • Prior to the start of the next season, gradually increase the duration and intensity of activity levels over the course of 6-8 weeks.
  • Increasing the intensity or duration of exercise too quickly increases the risk of stress fractures.

Train correctly during the season

  • Make sure athletes stay hydrated with plenty of water before, during and after exercise. This is especially important as outside temperatures increase.
  • Ensure teams are incorporating dynamic warm-up (jogs, high knees, lunges, toe touching, etc.) before practices and games, and static cool down (stretching) routines after.
  • Complete proper strength training routines.
  • Maintain proper nutrition for performance;  In general, incorporating carbohydrates prior to activity helps to provide fuel the body needs (i.e. toast, PB&J, fruit, oatmeal), and including protein in post-activity meals helps to build and repair muscles (i.e. lean meats, fish, vegetables).
  • Maintain healthy conversations about the importance of rest and recovery for building strength and endurance.

 

Playing sports and being a part of a team are an important part of childhood that provides endless benefits to your children, but it’s important to stay informed about how athletics affects your child’s developing body  If you have specific questions concerning your child and sports injuries be sure to talk directly with your child’s pediatrician or contact Floating Hospital’s General Pediatrics Practice at 617-636-5255 or our Department of Pediatric Orthopedics at 617-636-7920.

 

Disclaimer: The content provided in this email is intended solely for the information of the reader. This information is not medical advice and should not replace a consultation with a medical professional.

 

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Calendar Winners!
by posted 05/13/2019

The HSA calendar raffle drawings have started.  Below is a list of the winning ticket holders for May first through May 10 (note there are two winners on Tuesdays.  Checks will be mailed to the addresses provided on the winning tickets, and should be sent out within the next week.  My apologies if we misspelled anyone's name...
 
Winner Ticket # Date Amount
Lisa Tibak 2441 5/1/2019    $  100.00
Richard & Pauline Faias 0677 5/2/2019    $    25.00
Dara Seng 2152 5/3/2019    $    25.00
Ann Thellen 2196 5/4/2019    $    25.00
Alicia Chagnon 1030 5/5/2019    $    50.00
Sara Plouffe 0531 5/6/2019    $    25.00
Deb Conley 1079 5/7/2019 (a)  $    25.00
Paul & Donna Maguire 1491 5/7/2019 (b)  $    25.00
Peter Psareas 1063 5/8/2019    $    25.00
Cerilia Masere 0783 5/9/2019    $    25.00
Phil Chaput 1433 5/10/2019    $    25.00
 
 
I want to thank everyone for your support this year.  Now we just need a little help from Mother Nature, and get some better weather!
 
 
If there are any questions, please email the league  , and we will follow up with you.
 
 
~NCD~
 
 
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Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts
by posted 03/21/2019

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