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Health Information For Teens
Football is a great way to be part of a team and stay physically active. But football is a contact sport, so injuries do happen. Doctors and scientists are studying how repeatedly hitting the head during tackling affects the brain. These injuries can cause serious brain problems later in life. Recent changes in training techniques and rules may help lower the risk of brain injury.
Players and their families need to decide whether the risks of football outweigh the benefits. If you decide to play football, follow these tips to help prevent injuries.
Football gear that can lower the risk of injury includes:
Helmets also should have a rigid facemask made from coated carbon steel. The facemask needs to be secured to the helmet. There are different face masks for different positions and purposes. Ask the coach which is best for you.
Finally, all helmets should have a chin strap with a protective chin cup. The chin strap needs to be fastened and snug whenever you play.
Additional gear. Other items that you might want to consider include:
If you need to wear glasses on the field, be sure they’re made of shatterproof glass or plastic.
Your coach should emphasize safe, fair play at practices and games. The coach (and athletic trainer, if possible) should be at all practices and games and:
To prevent injuries during practice, players should:
During games, players should:
Playing hard doesn’t have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. To keep things safe while running, follow these tips.
Soccer is easy to learn at a young age, and it’s great exercise. But it’s also a contact sport, and injuries are bound to happen. To help prevent mishaps, follow these safety tips.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
In a concussion, the brain shifts inside the skull. This can cause a sudden – but usually temporary – disruption in a person’s ability to function properly and feel well. Here’s what to do if you suspect a concussion.
Sprains and strains are common injuries, especially for people who play hard or are intoÂ sports. Find out what they are and how to recuperate from one.
Is working out with weights safe for teens? The best way to build muscle tone and definition is to combine aerobic and flexibility exercises with the right kind of strength training.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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