Athletes that play sports are sure to have all the equipment they need, like a stick and a puck for hockey, cleats and shoulder pads for football, and running shoes for track and field. An athlete would not show up to practice or a game without their gear because they wouldn’t be prepared to play. Athletes also need to prepare their body for the game on the inside with good nutrition. Read more
The sun is shining, the corn is knee-high, and everyone wants be out in the sun before winter rolls back in. As people are planning their summer vacations, many pediatricians are asked about how and when infants or toddlers can participate in their parents’ or siblings’ favorite summer activities, such as biking, swimming, and boating. Being outdoors and active is great for the whole family, but safety – as always – comes first when you’re thinking about having your little one along.
Beyond the excitement of seeing the top athletes compete, watching the Olympics can help teach kids another valuable lesson – how to be a good sport.
While few kids will ever compete at the Olympic or professional level, observing how the athletes behave when they win and when they don’t can be a great opportunity to discuss the child’s own experiences when they play sports.
UW Health Sports Psychologist Dr. Shilagh Mirgain explains that sports provide a learning platform for life, and help kids develop a sense of self and positive self-esteem. Kids also learn valuable life lessons — learning to work collaboratively, goal setting and perseverance are just a few.
But, with so much benefit to be gained, how do you get kids involved in sports?
The number one reason kids participate in sports is because it’s fun.
Some strategies for introducing kids to sports include:
Whether it is during gym class or in an after-school program, swimming can be a fun form of exercise. While kids are working on their form, they also need to watch out for “swimmer’s ear.” Dr. Diane Heatley, a UW Health otolaryngologist, explains what swimmer’s ear is, and how it can be treated.
Swimmer’s ear, or “otitis externa”, is a bacterial or fungal infection of the skin of the ear canal.
The ear canal is the skin-lined opening from the side of the head that ends at the ear drum. The skin of the ear canal includes specialized glands that produce cerumen, or ear wax. Ear wax provides some protection to the ear canal skin against infections.