Preseason practice safety

My Health & Fitness column in the Aiken Standard this week is about preseason sports safety. The major issues I raised involve risks associated with doing too much vigorous training  in a hot, humid environment and the potential for concussion, especially in contact sports like football.

This topic was covered in a recent NPR  interview  with Dr. Douglas Casa of the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. You can also watch a video in which Dr. Casa discusses hydration and preventing heat illness in young athletes.

The topic of concussion is addressed in this video of a lecture given by Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, Professor of Exercise and Sport Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award winner.

You can learn more about sports injury prevention and the role of certified athletic trainers in keeping young athletes safe from the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). All athletic trainers working in our area at certified by the NATA.

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