Monthly Archives: May 2012

Commonly occurring injuries in young sports people

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Sports-related injury is the leading cause of injuries among school-aged children (Luke et al., 2011). Not surprising, since regular training of children and adolescents is becoming more common in sport, and competitive sports are indulged in with increasing intensity at ever-decreasing ages (Carter & Micheli, 2011; Peterson & Renström, 2001). Young athletes can derive many […]

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Hype about hydration 1

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This is the first part of a 2 part series on hydration and will focus on the need for adequate hydration and recognising dehydration in the young athlete. The importance of adequate fluid intake in sports is to avoid dehydration and maintain normal heart function and thermoregulatory (ability of the body to deal with heat) […]

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Whatever happened to child’s play?

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This article first appeared in the Health News section of the Business Day of 7th March 2012. There are two words that seem to have been dropped from the vocabulary of childhood development these days: games and play. Obviously I am not referring to the electronic versions that consume computer and TV energy, but rather […]

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Understanding Osgood-Schlatter Disease

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Osgood Schlatter disease is probably the most common cause of knee pain in active children between the ages of 9 -16 years. It is one of several conditions known as osteochodrosis which are caused by repeated overuse in the growing skeleton. What is it? Osgood Schlatter disease is caused by repeated pull (traction) of the […]

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