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November 2022 Sports Medicine Center Monthly Content

Are Supplements Safe?

A parent’s guide to supplements. 

For young athletes today, it’s becoming increasingly tempting to take the latest
supplement or vitamin on the market. But with so many options out there promising a variety
of outcomes, it’s hard to know which, if any, are safe and effective. Our expert answers your
top questions on supplements and vitamins for athletes

Read more HERE

 

September 2022 Sports Medicine Monthly Content

 

Vitamin D and Calcium Facts for Young Athletes

Vitamin D and calcium work together to ensure your young athlete has strong bones capable of resisting painful injuries. That’s why it’s important to ensure your kid has good sources of both of these key nutrients in their diet. Our guide to vitamin D and calcium deficiency will help you understand who is at risk, how you can find out whether your kid is lacking these nutrients, and more.

Read Children's Hospital Q&A HERE

Back to School by Children's Hospital of Colorado

The start of a new school year can be a challenging time for kids and families. But with a little preparation, the right attitude, and these tips from our partner Children’s Hospital Colorado, shifting from summer to school doesn’t have to be overly stressful. 

Click HERE for full checklist

 

August 2022 Sports Medicine Monthly Content

 

Answering your concussion questions

For all athletes, concussions are an ever-present concern. But for young athletes, there’s a lot to consider, including the fact that their brains are different from adult brains and are still developing. With this in mind, we take a comprehensive, thoughtful, and research-based approach to concussion evaluation and treatment. But what can you do to prevent a concussion? And what else do you need to keep in mind related to concussions?

Read Children's Hospital concussion FAQ's HERE

 

What your kid should drink for optimal hydration

Which is better for your kid: water or sports drinks?

In the hot summer months, hydration is especially important for young athletes who are busy practicing, playing and training.

With multiple options on the market for getting adequate fluids, it’s hard to know whether your kid should reach for a hydrating sports drink or plain old water. And there’s a time and place for both. Our experts help you decide when to choose one over the other.

See Children's Hospital comparisons HERE

Highly Requested Topics by Children's Hospital of Colorado

 

COVID-19 and Mental Health: https://youtu.be/k-VenU33Id8

Dealing with Defiance: https://youtu.be/3gQkPmpuDtM

Body Image/Eating Disorders: https://youtu.be/6qLHVGlZ8Sg

Sports Nutrition 101: https://youtu.be/DG62RReOV9Y

 

Energy Drinks: Learn Why Kids Should Never Consume Them

 

Although they are heavily marketed toward young people, experts say that kids should never consume energy drinks. Unlike sports drinks, they are not regulated by the FDA and may contain harmful amounts of caffeine, sugar and other simulates. Read our guide and learn the important differences between energy drinks and sports drinks.

Read Children's Hospital advice HERE

Is your young athlete getting enough sleep?

 

Young athletes need a good night’s rest in order to stay healthy and balance their academic and athletic workloads. In fact, 80% of teens get the nine to 10 hours of sleep every night that they need. Our guide will tell you how sleep impacts performance and offer tips for improving sleep habits.

Get Children's Hospital tips and strategies HERE

 

How to Protect your Unvaccinated Kid: Activities, Childcare, Sports and More

 

Parents of children under 5 are still anxiously awaiting vaccine approval for their kids. And with many states opening up for more activity and lifting mask mandates, it’s growing even more difficult for parents to determine the best strategies to keep their kids safe. We’re here to help you figure out social activities, childcare, travel, sports and mental health for your unvaccinated child.

Read Children's Hospital advice HERE

How to Help Children After Traumatic Events

 

Between unrest in Ukraine, the recent Marshall Fire, and the continued impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the news is full of traumatic events that can be especially difficult for kids to process and understand. No matter how much you want to protect your kid from some of these dark events, they’ll undoubtedly have thoughts and feelings to work through. Our guide can help you get the conversation started with children of any age.

CTA: Read Children's Hospital's advice HERE

 

Game Day Mental Preparation

 

Some kids might be pumped. Others might have anxiety. To get the most from each player, parents and coaches need to know their personalities — but there are a few things they can do to help any kid feel prepared and show up strong on the court or field.

Get the game on

Expert Exercise Tips for Kids

 

Even short bouts of exercise can improve your kid’s sleep, stress, mood and concentration, and can help treat and prevent some medical problems. Whether your family only has a few extra minutes to spare, or you want to make physical activity a larger part of your kid’s life, we’ve compiled some helpful workout tips to kickstart your family’s journey.

Get Children Hospital Colorado tips HERE

 

Post-Concussive Syndrome: The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms

 

Concussions can happen to kids of any age, regardless of whether they’re playing sports or wearing a helmet. The resulting symptoms can cause physical, emotional and cognitive distress

—but they can also be treated if you know where to look.

See The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms with Children's Hospital

The Difference Between COVID-19, Cold, Flu, and Other Bugs Affecting Kids

 

Body: Flu and common cold symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 in kids, but there are some important differences to keep in mind so you know for sure. Use our symptom chart as a quick and easy resource to help you stay safe.

Learn the differences with Children's Hospital

 

Post-Concussive Syndrome: The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms

 

Concussions can happen to kids of any age, regardless of whether they’re playing sports or wearing a helmet. The resulting symptoms can cause physical, emotional and cognitive distress

—but they can also be treated if you know where to look.

See The Big Picture Behind the Symptoms with Children's Hospital

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

 

Research shows that children who get even 20 minutes of moderate physical activity in their day have increased attention, comprehension and learning ability. They feel better, too. At the same time, budget and curriculum cuts have led to less physical education in schools than ever. Here’s how to make sure kids are getting the exercise they need to feel their best.

(Hint: It doesn’t have to be difficult!)

Get moving with Children's Hospital!

 

Easing Back-to-School Stress

 

From new faces to new spaces to bullying, peer pressure and the ever-changing rules and norms of the COVID-19 pandemic, getting back to school can be a challenging time for kids and parents alike. Luckily, there are ways to set up a smooth transition.

Get Back To It With Children's Hospitals Help!

Back to School with COVID-19, Part 2

 

With school coming back around and the pandemic still not over, two issues weigh heavily on parents’ minds: How will the school year play out, and what’s best for my child and family?

Parenting is hard, especially now, and every family’s situation is different. That’s why we rounded up our experts to address frequently asked questions from real parents – all focused on keeping precious little minds and bodies healthy.

Get Answers HERE

10 Benefits of Chocolate Milk & How it Helps Young Athletes

 

Recovery is the window of time when an athlete needs to replenish their energy after a hard workout or activity. For high school athletes, the low-fat chocolate milk in the school cafeteria can help.

Learn how HERE

Outdoor Adventures with Kids

 

High-Altitude Fun, By Age

Pediatric sports medicine doc Aaron Provance, MD, loves the outdoors. He's a seasoned mountaineer, hiker, mountain biker, rock climber, and more, and he's a big advocate for getting kids out into nature. As a father of triplets, he's also realistic about what that involves.

Get Dr. Provance’s guide HERE

A Healthy and Balanced Vegetarian Diet 

 

Some professional athletes practice a meatless or dairy-free diet, and your young athlete may express interest too. This is a great opportunity to discuss the importance of nutrition with your child and do research together on what it takes to manage a vegetarian diet.

Learn the basics HERE

Exercises with an Athletic Trainer

 

Children's Hospital has begun creating a playlist on their Youtube channel of a variety of exercises for athletes to utilize to reduce injuries

Here is the link: Exercises with an Athletic Trainer - YouTube


Children’s Hospital Colorado (Children’s Colorado) Sports Medicine Center and Littleton Soccer/Colorado United Club recently partnered to promote health and wellness within the club. Children’s Colorado will provide a certified athletic trainer to the club for home games at Cornerstone Park during the league season, at hosted tournaments and at the Littleton Soccer Club office one day per week for visits.

Children’s Colorado will also provide educational content for members in all newsletters, over social media properties and during parent educational nights. This content will help members to stay informed and on top of the latest trends and treatments.

About Children’s Hospital Colorado
Children’s Hospital Colorado is a leading pediatric network 100 percent dedicated to the health and well-being of children, adolescents and young adults. Consistently acknowledged as one of the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado is recognized nationally and internationally for its medical, research, education and advocacy programs. It is at the forefront of research in childhood disease and pioneering treatments that are shaping the future of pediatrics, as well as offering everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Founded in 1908, Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its location on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Scheduled to open in early 2019, the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs will be the first pediatric-only hospital in southern Colorado. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Children’s Hospital Colorado complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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