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Questions and Answers About Sprains and Strains

This fact sheet presents general information about sprains and strains. Treatment and prevention information is provided too.

Review Date: April 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

A Guide to Eating for Sports: Teens

Do energy drinks and nutrition bars boost your athletic performance or power of concentration? Learn the facts that will help you make smart choices.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Adaptive Sports - National Center on Physical Activity and Disability

This page lists fact sheets on physical activities and adaptive sports appropriate for individuals with physical limitations.

Review Date: July 14, 2014

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability

American College of Sports Medicine: Brochures

These American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) health and fitness brochures offer tips on fitness and exercise, consumer product recommendations, and more.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

American College of Sports Medicine

Childhood Sports Injuries and Their Prevention: A Guide for Parents with Ideas for Kids

This fact sheet is written to educate parents about the risks of injury to children who play sports and what to do to prevent a sport-related injury. Find quick safety tips for all sports.

Review Date: April 04, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Children and Sports: Choices for All Ages

Children's sports promote fitness and prevent obesity, but not all children thrive in formal leagues. Help your child find the right sport and venue — school, recreation center or backyard.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Concussion

Concussions are common, particularly if you play a contact sport such as football. Find tips that may help you to prevent or minimize your risk of head injury.

Review Date: July 25, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Concussion in Sports

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury and can occur in any sport or recreation activity. Therefore, coaches, parents, and athletes need to learn concussion signs and symptoms and what to do if a concussion occurs.

Review Date: July 21, 2012

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Directory of Organizations for Athletes with Disabilities

This directory contains resources for athletes with disabilities who wish to engage in sports competitions and activities, and for physiatrists and the general public who would like to volunteer with these organizations.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Get Girls Active!

What happens when a girl is resistant to getting active? These tips will provide you with the pertinent information to get girls to be physically active and help guide them to a healthier lifestyle.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Women's Sports Foundation

GoGirlGo! (Video)

GoGirlGo!, an award winning curriculum and sports education program, works to improve the health of sedentary girls and to keep them involved in physical activity by supporting programs and organizations that work with girls.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Women's Sports Foundation

Heads Up Online Training Course

Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports is a free, online course available to coaches, parents, and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion. It features interviews with leading experts, interactive exercises, and compelling storytelling to help you recognize a concussion.

Review Date: June 30, 2011

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

High School Sports Injuries

When a high school athlete is injured, it is best to err on the side of caution in allowing the student to return to the game or practice. Read this page to learn about the factors involved in deciding when to have the injured child return to sports.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

How Do I Know When It Is Time To Replace My Athletic Shoes?

Even without use shoes can “wear out” and lead to over use type injuries. Learn if it is time to replace your athletic shoes.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

How to Get Involved with Sports - Disabled Sports USA

Disabled Sports USA provides articles on how people with disabilities can get involved with various sports and physical activities.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

Disabled Sports USA

Learn to Prevent & Recognize Concussions

This tool kit teaches coaches, athletes, and parents to play it safe when it comes to a concussion, a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pediatric Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Assessment Form- (PDF)

Your child may appear very healthy, but be at risk for sudden cardiac death due to an inherited condition. This form prompts you and your child's healthcare provider to discuss these risks, and should be completed prior to your child's participation in organized sports.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks

Take the time to learn about the potential benefits, the health risks and the many unknowns regarding so-called performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, diuretics, and stimulants.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Program Locator: Special Olympics

Find a Special Olympics office near you to learn about volunteering or how children and adults with intellectual disabilities can participate in year-round sports training and competition.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

Special Olympics

Search for Disability Related Sporting Events

Search by zip code for disability-related sporting events throughout the United States.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

Disabled Sports USA

Selecting A Running Shoe

This article from the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine provides tips on selecting a running shoe.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Socks: Hosiery - Essential Equipment for the Athlete

This article discusses the role of socks in preventing injury to the athlete and in enhancing his/her performance.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Sports Injuries

This booklet describes the different types of sports injuries, how they can be treated and prevented, and recent treatment advances from research.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Sports Physicals

Most states require that kids and teens have a preparticipation physical examination (PPE) before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

The Nemours Foundation

Tobacco-Free Sports Initiatives

The Tobacco-Free Sports Playbook and Tobacco-Free Soccer Coach's Manual offer strategies to help youth coaches and teachers communicate tobacco-free and healthy lifestyle messages to youth.

Review Date: June 14, 2011

Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

What If I Don't Like Sports?

This article talks about fun activities that kids can do to get lots of good exercise that does not involve playing sports.

Review Date: February 08, 2013

The Nemours Foundation