Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Foot pain that doesn’t seem to quit, when should I be worried?


Everyone has at some point in their life had a few aches and pains that come and go and most concern goes out the window.  Although there are those moments when aches and pains linger.  Probably one of the most common ailments I receive questions about relates to heel pain in young and older athletes.  This problem arises despite the sport or activity required of the athlete. My job often requires looking at an injury much like a detective sorts out a crime scene; for example you list all the signs and symptoms, compile an extensive history, and start piecing together all evidence which … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Need a pick me up? Energy drinks may not be the answer


Energy drinks have become a common thing to see in supermarkets and convenience stores. Its very common for parents to stop at a gas station and have their children run in and grab a quick drink before practice.  The problem occurs when you turn to the nutrition label on many of these so-called energy drinks.  Young athletes who are often allured by the graphics, colors, and fun names while many fail to pay attention to what they are placing in their bodies. As a health care professional that has worked closely with wide variety of athletes its surprises me the number of times I have had to … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: How to make sure your athlete is ready – Tips on how to recover best?


No matter what sport your athlete is participating in there is always the battle of making sure they are ready to perform at their best.  The majority of sports at the younger levels have become so competitive that kids are playing in two or three day tournaments every other weekend and may not be taking the steps needed to make sure they are fully recovered for another day of games.  Often in these tournament style competitions time is never sufficient and the climate of the summer can often deplete athletes of valuable much needed resources.  The best thing parents and coaches can do is to … [Read more...]

Sonya’s Health & Fitness: Getting Stronger – When is a good time to start?


One of the questions I have commonly received a great deal as an athletic trainer is when is it safe to start strength training with young athletes?  A great starting point is to define what strength training actually is, which implies some sort of action by the body’s muscles exerting or resisting some force.   Strength training does not necessary mean going to the conventional gym and power lifting with large amounts of weight.  Strength training especially for younger athletes can involve pushups, body weight squats, lunges, or sit ups.   A safe age to start a strength training program can … [Read more...]

The USSSA Pride meets the Oviedo Junior Pride


USSSA Pride’s Ashley Charters and Jenn Salling met with the Oviedo, Florida Junior Pride team following their practice. The opportunity allowed the junior Pride team to ask a number of great questions and learn what it takes to play in the National Pro Fastpitch. The Oviedo Junior Pride is an U12 team that did a great job in showing Charters and Salling some of their team spirit with a few pre-game cheers. The Oviedo Junior Pride team is one of 70 Junior Pride teams that have started up across the country. The great representation of the USSSA Pride junior teams provide an avenue for … [Read more...]