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Almost every child (and adult) with asthma can
benefit from sports and physical activity. Also, asthma should not prevent young
athletes from enjoying a full athletic career. The following is information from
the American Academy of Pediatrics
Dance is an artistic, athletic, expressive, and
social form of physical activity that appeals to a wide variety of individuals.
The physical aspects of dance can be both a valuable source of exercise as well
as a cause of injury. For young people
Baseball and softball are extremely popular
among America's youth. Injuries are common because of the large number of
athletes participating. While most injuries are acute, there are specific
overuse injuries that commonly affect young ball
Acute and overuse injuries are common in jumping
sports like basketball and volleyball. Acute injuries include bruises
(contusions); cuts and scrapes (lacerations); ankle, knee, or finger sprains or
fractures; shoulder dislocations; eye injuries;
Biking is a fun way for children of all ages to
get active and stay fit. Most children learn to ride a tricycle at around 3
years of age. Between 4 and 7 years of age most children learn to ride a bike.
However, remember that each child is different
Burners and stingers are intense pains that
occur when the nerves that run from the neck to the arm are stretched or
compressed. This typically occurs in contact or collision sports where the
shoulder may be pushed backward or the head and neck
Exercise-related heat illness (ERHI) or
"heat injury" happens when exercise is done in high temperature
and high humidity. It's one type of injury, unlike sports injuries caused
by contact, that can almost always be prevented with proper attention
Figure skating is a lifelong sport that can be
enjoyed by people of all ages. Competitive skating requires strength,
flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, balance, jumping ability, artistic
expression, mental strength, and financial resources.
Football is a fast-paced, aggressive, contact
team sport that is very popular among America's youth. Football programs
exist for players as young as 6 years all the way through high school, college,