Is Football Child Abuse?

January 28, 2013

  Is Football Child Abuse? Knowing but allowing them to play anyway… With the Superbowl next weekend and an article in the January 31 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine, I thought today would be a good day to discuss child abuse.   Wikipedia defines child abuse as “The physical, sexual or emotional mistreatment or neglect of a child or children.”  The CDC and DCF define child maltreatment as “any act or series of acts of commission or omission by a parent or other caregiver that results in harm, potential for harm or threat of harm to a child.”     A new study on football shows permanent brain damage in teens who had never even had a concussion.  Dr. Robert Cantu, chair of neurosurgery at Emerson Hospital and co-director of the Center for Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy (CSTE) and the the nation’s leading authority on concussions says “There’s an epidemic of kids whose normal trajectory is permanently stunted by head injury.”   My question to ponder is this.  If you know now while your kid is playing football that the risk of playing the game is exceptionally high for permanent, even potentially life threatening injury to the brain, is...

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Water Polo in Cape Elizabeth

August 17, 2012

Water Polo in Cape Elizabeth With the 2012 Summer Olympics over, people are amped up, inspired, feeling more competitive, and in unfortunate cases, getting injured. Equipped with the proper space and resources, water polo in Cape Elizabeth has become more popular in recent years. Water polo is an intense sport that requires an immense amount of strength and endurance. With constant movement and repetitive motions, one can become easily injured. Those who play Water Polo in Cape Elizabeth have reported some common injuries which include: wrist and hand, back and spine, shoulder and facial injuries. There are some ways to prevent injuries caused by playing water polo in Cape Elizabeth, or anywhere for that matter, here are a few: Since players don’t have stable leg support in the water, the upper extremities become fatigued and are more susceptible to injury. Strengthening the legs and core with squats carrying a challenging amount of weight, and balancing shoulder strength with push ups and pull ups will help the player be less vulnerable to injury. Hand and wrist injuries typically occur due to overly aggressive play, so trying to avoid this type of play is the best way to avoid pain. These...

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Wakeboarding in Sebago, Maine

August 13, 2012

Wakeboarding in Sebago, Maine Wakeboarding in Sebago, Maine is a popular and fun summer activity which requires strength and focus to perform well and avoid injury. Just the act of pulling oneself up on the board can take a considerable amount of energy and strength. There are a few precautions and preparations to consider to achieve the best results while avoiding injuries wakeboarding in Sebago, Maine. Keep your arms, legs and core strong! Here is a link to help you get in wakeboarding shape, no matter what kind of exercise you enjoy, there is something for everyone. Mix it up and make it work for you. Stay hydrated. Muscles are made up of 75 percent water, they need hydration to work properly and avoid injury. Make sure you wear appropriate and proper fitting equipment: comfortable, supportive bindings and a helmet are important to keep yourself from being injured wakeboarding in Sebago, Maine. Know your limits, and rest. Whether you are just beginning, or have been riding for years, listen to your body! Some days tricks just don’t stick, especially if you’re already tired. Move on to something else, there’s always another time to try it, it isn’t worth being out...

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Running Injuries in Portland Maine

July 27, 2012

Running Injuries in Portland Maine Running is one of the best ways to stay in shape and release stress, but it is also one of the easiest ways to develop an injury. The constant stress and impact on feet, ankles, knees and hips can cause injury, particularly if warning signs of injury are ignored. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the risks and warnings of injuries so you know how to best prevent them. Below are a few great ways of dealing with and preventing running injuries in Portland, Maine. – If you feel a pain, immediately take actions to prevent further injury, including the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method. Also, allowing the injury to heal by taking a day or two off from running is ideal to avoid secondary injuries. – Wear proper footwear. Surely it isn’t the first time you’ve heard this one, but there’s a reason for it. Shoes that throw off your stride due to the lack of support will almost always cause injury. Make sure your shoes fit properly, have adequate support and once they reach about 500 miles, replace them. – Take care of yourself and allow time for...

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