Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears – how to tackle such a common injury

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There are certain injuries that will occur with athletes and seem to bring some familiarity to parents when they hear the diagnosis.  One such injury that seems to be more prevalent than most are Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tears in our youth athletes.  It seems that more athletes have been dealing with this injury at a younger ages in middle school and very commonly in high school.  Although the majority of these ACL tears seem to be targeted towards young female athletes as compared to their male counterparts the problem is still too prevalent. The rise of such injuries seem to be … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Concussions – Nutrition, when hunger strikes, what’s the best fuel?

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When it comes to food and choices of what to eat before and after competition the views are varied across the board depending on who you speak with.  When it comes to the proper nutrition of young athletes I urge parents to think simple.  Young athletes are still growing and need a variety of nutritional foods from their daily intake. Ideally staying away from foods containing high preservatives and fast food meals are the obvious starting points.  The problem with many young athletes is they don’t exactly have a high tolerance for trying new foods. The best tips for parents when it comes … [Read more...]