As the school year begins, so do fall sports like football, cross country, and soccer. Like with any sport, there's a risk of injury. One common injury seen in the fall amongst athletes is concussions. As a parent or coach, it's important to ensure your young athletes are aware of the risks of the game and how to stay safe while participating. Teaching them about the risks of receiving a concussion will allow them to be mindful of this injury while playing. This article takes a closer look at the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of concussions, a problem that's finally receiving attention in many youth sports leagues.
What causes a concussion?
A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a variety of things. Common causes include bumps or blows to the head, falls, car accidents, and sport injuries. A concussion is typically not life-threatening, but it is still important to seek treatment at a medical center.
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
Some common symptoms of a concussion include:
How can a concussion be treated?
Rest is the main treatment doctors recommend. Depending on the severity of the concussion, time off from work or school may be necessary. Unfortunately, there is no quick fix for a concussion, but here are some general things that will help the brain heal:
What are some ways to prevent concussions?
While most concussions are unforeseen, there are a few things you can tell your athletes to do to reduce the risk of a concussion:
So no matter what sport your athlete is participating in, it's important for them to be aware of the risks of concussions and how to avoid them. If a concussion is received by a young athlete, visiting a medical center will allow him or her to receive the best care for their injury as well as be informed of when they can safely return to playing.
Now that fall is here, kids all across the country are going back to school. And for many parents, heading back to school means buying a whole new wardrobe for their child, including shoes.
But while many parents barely give their child’s shoe selection a second glance, it is important that everyone is fitted with the proper sized shoes in order to prevent pain, discomfort, and even more serious foot damage down the line. You don’t want your or your child to be one of the 75% of Americans who has foot discomfort due to improperly fitted shoes.
That number may seem high, but here’s an even more shocking fact: nine out of 10 American women regularly wear shoes that are too small for their feet!
No matter your age, choosing the right size shoe -- and then breaking those shoes in properly -- is the best way to maintain foot health and prevent pain. Here are some common ailments caused by new shoes that you can avoid by ensuring they fit properly.
Ill-fitting shoes can cause friction on the skin. This starts out as a warm, burning feel that is localized to a single spot on your foot. Over time, this friction causes blisters, or pockets of liquid that form in the epidermis, the top layer of the skin. Most blisters heal themselves between three to seven days, but they can cause a lot of pain and discomfort when walking in the meantime.
Shoes that are too small can affect the toenail and cause it to grow sideways instead of outwards. If you have an ingrown toenail, you may experience a red, irritated toe that is swollen and warm to the touch. Not only that, but it hurts. About 5% of the American population suffers from this every year, and ingrown toenails can easily be prevented by simply purchasing the right sized shoe in the first place.
This tends to happen on the second or third toe, and it is a deformity that causes the toe to bend and curl downwards towards the pad of the foot. This causes a lot of pain because the toe joints aren’t able to spread out properly. Left untreated, hammer toes require surgery to fix.
The plantar fascia acts as a shock-absorbing bowstring and supports the foot’s arch. Too much tension here will cause small, micro tears that can make it almost impossible to walk. About 10% of Americans will suffer from this at least once in their lifetime.
WIth these risks in mind, it is incredibly important to break in new shoes as soon as possible. Most shoes will stretch over time, and this is important because the average foot will expand about two sizes when a person stands up to walk. And of all the bones in the body, 25% are down in the feet. When these bones are out of alignment, the rest of the body will suffer.
Consider this -- the average adult takes between 4,000 to 6,000 steps a day, which is why it is important to wear properly fitting shoes. And with nine out of 10 women wearing shoes that are too small, it is more important than ever to break in your shoes so the rest of your body will be properly supported.
There are many reasons that someone could be forced to visit one of America's many emergency centers. Some of the more common reasons for visiting are injuries like deep cuts or concerning symptoms like severe chest pain. However, there are some symptoms you might not be aware of that warrant a trip to emergency services. One of these is lower back pain.
Lower back pain is something that many Americans have. And while it might not seem like back pain can warrant a trip to the emergency room, additional symptoms can make it necessary. Here are a few examples of times you should consider a trip to the emergency center if you have back pain:
As we enter the final stretch of summer, the majority of us are spending time outside basking in the sunshine. But while this sun may feel nice, it can pose a huge risk to our health if we aren't careful. Heat stress, heat stroke, and dehydration can all be caused by spending too much time in the hot summer sun, and it is crucial everyone is aware of the potential dangers of these serious health conditions.
Because many people mix up heat stress, heat stroke, and dehydration, we've put together a visual guide to help you understand how these illnesses can affect the body. This information is especially important for parents, athletes, and seniors, all of whom face different risks from the heat. To stay safe this summer, keep reading to learn more
Heat stress is caused when the body is so hot it can no longer regulate its own temperature. Generally speaking, it is usually caused by one of the following three factors:
Heat stress isn’t anything to brush off. More and more people are suffering from heat stress every summer, and back in 2014, there were more than 13,000 emergency department visits from heat stress nationwide.
What Is the Difference Between Heat stroke and Heat Stress?
Heat stroke and heat stress are related illnesses, but they aren't the same. Heat stroke is the most serious ailment caused by heat stress, and it happens when a person’s internal temperature reaches 104 degrees Fahrenheit. It is more common than one might think, and the populations most at risk of heat stroke include:
A full 9,000 Americans have died from heat-related causes since 1979, and this is due in part to the fact that they were not staying hydrated. Drinking water is one of the best ways to keep heat stress and heat stroke at bay, and considering that our bodies are about 60% to 78% water, we need cool water to help regulate our internal body temperature.
So with these facts in mind, stay out of the sun and drink a cool glass of water while in the shade!
As much as we may not like it, the dog days of summer are over. We need to start preparing for the fall, and with it cold and flu season. But just because the temperatures are dropping doesn't mean our immune systems have to! There are plenty of ways to avoid getting the cold and flu this autumn, you just need to put them into practice. Here are our family medical center-approved tips for keeping the illnesses at bay.
If you find yourself under the weather, the best option is to head to a family medical center. These urgent care clinics are removing the wait from ERs in hospitals, and you'll most likely get in and out in no time. In fact, the average patient-per-hour ratio for urgent care physicians is 4.5 patients per hour, so you won't have to wait long to be seen.
When you're under the weather, the worst thing you can do is put your life on hold waiting for a doctor's appointment. Come on in and you'll feel better right away.
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