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Doctor insights on: Outdoor Sports Activities For Kids

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Should kids wear helmets for all contact sports?

Should kids wear helmets for all contact sports?

Absolutely: This certainly is a good idea, particularly as we learn more about the long term effects of concussions. Which are increasing in frequency. Why take unnecessary chances? ...Read more

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Should mouthguards be required for children playing basketball?

Should mouthguards be required for children playing basketball?

Absolutely: Anything that can help prevent potential traumatic injury to the teeth should be used. ...Read more

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Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Are sports a healthy alternative to all those passive hours kids spend watching tv?

Absolutely: More then 2 hours of screen time computer games, text, tv, etc during school year is detrimental. Sports are the best way to go for healthy mind and body, gets kids to build cardiovascular and muscle tone at crucial ages. If not into sports walk, run, bottom line is move ur body. ...Read more

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Should people with hemophilia exercise and play sports?

Should people with hemophilia exercise and play sports?

W mild to moderate: Hemophilia yes. One must be quite cautious with exercise with a severe condition. All forms of activity should be d/w the patient's physician beforehand. He following sports are considered safe if you have mild to moderate hemophilia: archery, aquatics, elliptical machine, stationary bike, frisbee, golf, hiking, tai chi, swimming & walking. Heavy exertion, power lifting & contact sports are not. ...Read more

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What are good sports or activities for children with adhd?

No bad ones: Any activity that encourages the child to move, use his/her imagination and laugh is beneficial to his/her health.Exercise has been approved by the aap as adjunct therapy for adhd.Get a proper assessment by a knowledgeable professional, provide proper guidance, discuss meds and other options with your doctor.Avoid fads and unsupported treatments that could possibly delay or worsen outcome. ...Read more

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How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

How helpful are free sporting activities for children, in cutting obesity?

Incredibly helpful: Any physical activity is helpful for a healthy lifestyle. Sporting activities aren't for every child but many children find them more fun than other forms of exercise. If you can find free sporting activities then please take advantage of them. What children eat and drink are also critical, but exercise is a huge part of a healthy weight. ...Read more

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How cold is too cold for children to participate in outdoor sports practice? Is 34 degrees safe? Any time restrictions or precautions?

How cold is too cold for children to participate in outdoor sports practice?  Is 34 degrees safe?  Any time restrictions or precautions?

Healthy outdoors!: A child in robust health is quite safe outdoors in that temperature. He should properly attired for the weather. There are medical conditions or instances of acute illness that may make it unwise. In cases of extreme adverse condition the general advisory will be a suitable guideline or anyone. ...Read more

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Are sports drinks good for kids?

Are sports drinks good for kids?

Not really: They are just a hair shy of juices, which are nothing more then liquid candy. They serve no great purpose and have lots of sugar. Avoid them as much as you can. ...Read more

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Should teens wear mouthguards for contact sports?

Should teens wear mouthguards for contact sports?

Absolutely: Many sports leagues require teens to wear mouth guards because of the high rate of dental trauma. The mouth guards can absorb the forces that cause small chips, large fractures, and in some cases tooth avulsion (teeth getting completely knocked out). There is a reason why all professional boxers, football players, and hockey players wear a mouth guard, and have a team dentist. ...Read more

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Any sports teens with physical disabilities cannot participate in?

Any sports teens with physical disabilities cannot participate in?

Special Olympics: Teens with physical disabilities are able to do many sports. By this age they are generally aware of their physical limitations, such as neck instability, hypermobile joints or heart or lung limitations. They can be directed by their primary physicians with the help of special olympics to find a sport they can excel in. ...Read more

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Im quiet an active adrenalin junkie person such as out door sports , scuba diving, motocross ect. Will a breast augmentation limit me with activities?

Im quiet an active adrenalin junkie person such as out door sports , scuba diving, motocross ect. Will a breast augmentation limit me with activities?

No limitations: The short answer is that breast implants should not limit your lifestyle. However, it is important that they not be too large and that you are aware of all of the ramifications in terms of implants in athletic women. I would recommend asking your plastic surgeon for specific information on this. ...Read more

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Can heavy sports training (such as figure skating every day) stunt a child's growth?

Can heavy sports training (such as figure skating every day) stunt a child's growth?

No: Obviously if it is overdone, it may result in fatigue but sports are a normal part of growing up. I do, however, deplore the coach who pushes too hard to serve his own ego. ...Read more

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Are there good, inexpensive sports for kids to grow up playing if they don’t like team sports?

Yes: Of course! how about track and field? All you need is a pair of good running shoes and a positive attitude! swimming is an individual sport- lessons can be expensive, but your local ymca may have some that are affordable. ...Read more

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Should all kids play sports? Is no-cut policy good or unfair to top players?

Not all competitive: Childhood is not a rehearsal for adulthood. Kids should play sports to learn about team work, make new friends, learn a new skill and exercise. What is a "top player" in little league? ...Read more

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Can children with a shunt play a physical sport such as football ?

Can children with a shunt play a physical sport such as football ?

Shunt & sports: the best one to answer your question in his pediatrician or neurologist, they know his condition & will be able to help you out or tell which sport is best for him. Good luck ...Read more

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After genu varum surgery , can I run, play tennis, swim and other sports as before surgery ?

After genu varum surgery , can I run, play tennis, swim and other sports as before surgery ?

Yes: If there are no complications and no other associated disorders, you should be able to return to regular activity after the prescribed recovery period ...Read more

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Can myopia be prevented by participating in more outdoor activities?

Can myopia be prevented by participating in more outdoor activities?

No: There is no known way to prevent myopia. It is familial in many cases. There seems to be more people becoming myopia when a population becomes more urban (instead of rural), and when the society gets industrialized and educated. It is not known if myopia is worsened by close-up reading, close-up computer screens or tv's, less time spent outdoors, inadequate light indoors, etc... ...Read more

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