Don’t Delay if You Want to Play

Scheduling a child’s school or sports physical can be a tricky task if put off until the last minute.

What many parents don’t know is that they can schedule these exams now and avoid the push for appointments that comes in August. While local clinics make every attempt to accommodate the demand, each new school year they see a heavy volume of students needing physicals for sports, kindergarten registration, and other periodic check-ups.

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Health Issues at the Olympics

Aaahhhhh….the Olympics.  The time where one becomes an expert in a sport they only watch once every 4 years (“What were the curlers thinking with that move?!?”, “That ski jump was way more difficult than the other that got a higher score!”).  I have enjoyed watching this Olympics more than prior years.  One reason is that there were many teenagers doing really teenagery things (I’m aware teenagery is not a word, but it should be).  There’s the 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Red Gerard, who overslept on competition day after a night of binge-watching Netflix (and he couldn’t find his coat, so had to borrow someone else’s).  Another 17 year old gold medal snowboarder, Chloe Kim, tweeted about her dietary habits in between her runs.  It’s good to see all the Olympic fame hasn’t changed them.

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Bone Health and Teens

The body is an incredible machine. It performs countless functions without our knowing and is able to turn the food we eat into energy to do homework, play sports, lift the remote to change channels, walk the shores of Lake Mendota, and do every other activity we do. But what happens when our bodies don’t get the energy they need? This is a topic that has been studied by many doctors and organizations, including the International Olympic Committee.

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The Heart of the Matter: Screening Young Athletes for Heart Disease

Screening Young Athletes for Heart DiseaseWhile many think of football season as a period of excitement and team spirit, this year’s season has been punctuated with tragedy.  On November 4, a high school football player named Luke Schemm collapsed on the sidelines after scoring the extra point following a touchdown.  He died 5 days later, becoming the 11th high school football death since July of this year.  Of these, 7 are thought to be related to trauma, while underlying health conditions are thought to have contributed to the other 4.

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Sports Nutrition: Are you eating enough?

Sports NutritionAs summer comes to a close (sigh) and we transition to a new school year (double sigh), the stage is set for the start of fall sports, including football, soccer, cross country, swim team, volleyball, tennis, golf…am I missing any? Often the start of a sports season represents an increase in energy expenditure, since not everyone is active year-round. With the intense activity that comes with these sports, maintaining good nutrition is important. If teens simply continue to eat the same amount as they did prior to intensifying their exercise, they will develop a relative caloric deficiency, meaning they are spending more energy than they consume. Simply put, they aren’t giving their body enough fuel, and this can have some consequences.

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