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Exercising in the heat – make your children aware

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Many parts of the southern hemisphere, particularly Southern Africa are currently experiencing unseasonably hot weather conditions. This has implications for all people exercising and playing sport in such conditions, but even more at risk for heat related illnesses are children whose physiological and structural differences impact on their ability to respond to environmental heat. Heat […]

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Sport supplements and young athletes: part 2 – Performance Boosters

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Following our first article in this series, which focused on energy-related supplements, this 2nd article focuses on supplements that are deemed to boost performance. CAFFEINE Athletes often take caffeine through the intake of energy drinks, sports drinks or coke before and during training or competition. Claims: Caffeine will enhance endurance, performance, concentration, motivation and mental […]

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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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Are our children doing enough physical exercise?

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The importance of sport in the lives of the South African youth has never been greater. Increasing popularity of television, computer, video games and cellular telephone technology contribute to children’s inactive lifestyles. This time could be spent doing some recreational or physical activity. Physical activity has also been associated with psychological benefits in young people […]

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