Importance of the Off Season

Off-season training isn’t just for athletes with hopes of one day playing on college teams, or those competing at a high level. UW Health Sports Performance coach Alison Regal explains that most youth athletes can benefit – although how they approach it and the benefits they gain will be different depending on their age.

To figure out what’s best, it is helpful to understand the different developmental stages.

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Meet Molly: Positive Image Consultant

Best Job Ever? Positive Image Consultant!

While attending cosmetology school nearly two decades ago, it never crossed my mind that someday I would be able to apply the skills I was acquiring to help children in a hospital setting. Most likely, the reason it hadn’t occurred to me is because it is extremely rare that cosmetology services are offered in a pediatric hospital. The Positive Image Center is a hidden gem on the second floor of American Family Children’s Hospital, known as the only hospital-based salon of its kind geared specifically to children.

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Epilepsy: More than Seizures

Having epilepsy on its own can seem like a tall mountain to climb for any child, but kids with epilepsy often struggle with other things like sleep, diet and learning.

Sleep and Epilepsy

Sleep is an essential part of managing epilepsy and getting too much or too little sleep can have a significant effect on children with epilepsy. Eight to ten hours of quality sleep per night and sticking with a sleep routine is a recommended way to help prevent seizures.

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How to Talk to Friends About Epilepsy

Having epilepsy isn’t like getting braces, going to the movies, or getting your first cell phone – not every teen goes through it. So understandably, it can be tough for children and teens to talk to their friends about epilepsy and how they can help in the moment of a seizure.

Starting the conversation might be a little uncomfortable, but your child may be pleasantly surprised at how understanding and helpful their friends will be. There is a good chance they will take an interest in wanting to learn more about epilepsy and could become part of the support team.

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