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Learn more about head injuries (head trauma).
Remember the biology class you had in high school? Well, maybe you don’t or maybe now that you have a child, your interest in how the body works has grown.
ACL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.
Bike riding is a great way to get exercise and share time as a family. But there’s an important factor that you need to consider – safety.
Here are the basics about the life-sustaining fluid called blood.
Without bones, muscles, and joints, we couldn’t stand, walk, run, or even sit. The musculoskeletal system supports our bodies, protects our organs from injury, and enables movement.
The brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.
Many kids will have a broken bone at some point. Here’s what to expect.
Broken bones and torn muscles, ligaments, and tendons happen. Find out what to do if your child experiences any breaks, strains, or sprains.
Learn about broken collarbones (or clavicle fractures), a common sports injury in kids.
Burners (or stingers) are injuries to the nerve network in the shoulder, arm, forearm, hand, and fingers. They’re pretty common in sports and usually go away quickly.
Milk and other calcium-rich foods help build strong, healthy bones. But most kids and teens don’t get enough calcium. Here’s how to make sure that yours do.
Find out what the experts have to say.
Kids and teens who have asthma can and do play sports. But some activities are better than others – find out more.
Tired of being cooped up in the house because of the cold weather? Get out in the snow and try a new sport with your family this winter!
Flatfeet, toe walking, pigeon toes, bowlegs, and knock-knees. Lots of kids have these common orthopedic conditions, but are they medical problems that can and should be corrected?
Sometimes the pressure to succeed on the field or in the court can be overwhelming. Learn what you can do to help your child keeps things in perspective.
Even though exercise has many positive benefits, too much can be harmful. Teens who exercise compulsively are at risk for both physical and psychological problems.
Concussions are serious injuries that can be even more serious if kids don’t get the time and rest needed to heal them completely.
We asked coaches and parents if they’re following the latest rules on kids and concussions. See what they said.
Sometimes kids lose fluids and salts through fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or sweating. Here are some tips on preventing or treating dehydration.
Babies are born with this hip deformity or develop it soon after birth. With early treatent, kids can avoid long-term hip problems.
The digestive process starts even before the first bite of food. Find out more about the digestive system and how our bodies break down and absorb the food we eat.
Ear injuries not only can affect a child’s hearing, but sense of balance, too. That’s because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.
The glands of the endocrine system and the hormones they release affect almost every cell, organ, and function of our bodies.
Many kids with asthma have symptoms when they exercise. But with careful management, they usually can do anything their peers can do.
Most women benefit greatly from exercising throughout their pregnancies. But during that time, you’ll need to make a few changes to your normal exercise routine.
You can treat many minor eye irritations by flushing the eye, but more serious injuries require medical attention.
The eyes are small compared with most of the body’s other organs, but their structure is incredibly complex. Learn more about eyes, vision, and common problems with both.
All kids need to eat balanced meals and have a healthy diet. But should that balance change for kids who play on a sports team or work out?
Learning about the female reproductive system, what it does, and the problems that can affect it can help you better understand your daughter’s reproductive health.
A broken bone needs emergency medical care. Here’s what to do if you think your child just broke a bone.
Most cuts can be safely treated at home. But deeper cuts – or any wounds that won’t stop bleeding – need emergency medical treatment.
Kids can become dehydrated when their bodies lose very large amounts of fluids. It’s important to replenish fluid losses as quickly as possible.
A dislocation happens when two connected bones are separated. These injuries require emergency medical care to avoid further damage.
Some eye injuries can be treated at home, while others require a visit to the doctor or emergency room. Find out what to do if your child has eye pain.
Although most result in mild bumps and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need medical attention.
Learn about the different types of head injuries, and find out what to do if your child is seriously injuried.
In hot weather, a child’s internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.
Although they can be serious, nosebleeds are common in children ages 3 to 10 years and most stop on their own.
Here’s what to do if you think your child has pulled or torn a muscle, ligament, or tendon.
If your child loses a baby tooth, there’s no need to replace it. But if a permanent tooth is dislodged, it’s a dental emergency. Here’s what to do.
Kids who enjoy exercise tend to stay active throughout their lives. Learn how to encourage fitness in your teen.
Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.
Take advantage of your child’s natural tendency to be active. Staying fit can help improve kids’ self-esteem and decrease the risk of serious illnesses later in life.
School-age kids need physical activity to build strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.
Some kids aren’t natural athletes and they may say they just don’t like sports. What then?
Getting a cast often comes with plenty of questions. Read on for answers to some frequent inquiries many parents – and kids – may have about casts.
Does your child sometimes wake up crying in the middle of the night complaining of throbbing leg pain? It could be growing pains.
Injuries to growth plates, which produce new bone tissue and determine the final length and shape of bones in adulthood, must be treated so that bones heal properly.
Head injuries fall into two categories: external and internal. Learn more about both kinds, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child is injured.
The heart and circulatory system are our body’s lifeline, delivering blood to the body’s tissues. Brush up on your ticker with this body basics article.
Active kids can be at risk for heat illness, which can result in heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke. Learn how to prevent and treat heat illness.
Concussions are serious injuries. Here’s how to help protect kids and teens from these mild traumatic brain injuries.
How long does a broken bone take to heal? Find out!
The immune system, composed of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs that protect against germs and microorganisms, is the body’s defense against disease.
What is in-toeing and how will it affect your child? Find out what the experts have to say.
A joint aspiration (arthrocentesis) involves withdrawing (aspirating) a sample of fluid from a joint using a needle and syringe.
Jumper’s knee is an overuse injury that happens when frequent jumping, running, and changing direction damages the patellar tendon.
The bean-shaped kidneys, each about the size of a child’s fist, are essential to our health. Their most important role is to filter blood and produce urine.
Besides enjoying the health benefits of regular exercise, kids who are physically fit are better able to handle physical and emotional challenges.
Knee injuries are common among young athletes. Learn about causes, treatments, and prevention.
By the time we’re 70 years old, we will have taken at least 600 million breaths. All of this breathing couldn’t happen without the respiratory system.
A cervical spine MRI can help evaluate various symptoms and also help diagnose tumors, bleeding, swelling, infections, or inflammatory conditions in the vertebrae or surrounding tissues.
A lumbar spine MRI is a painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the bones, disks, and other structures in the lower back.
Understanding the male reproductive system, what it does, and problems that can affect it can help you better understand your son’s reproductive health.
MCL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids, when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.
Brush up on metabolism basics – including common metabolic disorders – in this article.
Parents can help instill a love of activity and help kids make it a part of their everyday routine.
A preschooler’s desire to move, move, move makes this a great time to encourage fitness habits that can last a lifetime.
Being active is a key component of good health for all school-age kids. So how do you get kids motivated to be active, especially those who aren’t gifted athletes?
Our mouth and teeth play an important role in our daily lives. Here’s a course on the basics – including common problems of the mouth and teeth.
A nosebleed can be scary, but it’s rarely cause for alarm. Here’s how to handle one at home.
You know the importance of exercising and eating nutritious foods, but do you know how to raise a healthy and active child? Get practical advice and tips.
Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD) is one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents. It’s really not a disease, but an overuse injury.
Panner’s disease is a painful bone condition linked to overuse of the elbow. Kids with Panner’s disease need to avoid all activities that cause pain so the bone can heal.
Patellofemoral pain syndrome (or runner’s knee) is the most common overuse injury among runners, but it can also happen to other athletes who do activities that require a lot of knee bending.
Doctors often recommend physical therapy for kids who have been injured or have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Learn more about PT.
Participation in sports can teach kids sportsmanship and discipline. But sports also carry the potential for injury. Here’s how to protect your kids.
How much do you know about baseball injuries? Test your knowledge here.
Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, damaging a bone, tendon, or joint.
Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like wild pitches, batted balls, and collisions in the field. These safety tips can help keep your kids safe on the diamond.
Basketball is fun – but it’s also a contact sport, and injuries happen. To help your kids stay safe on the basketball court, take a look at these safety tips.
Football is a lot of fun, but injuries are common. To keep things as safe as possible on the gridiron, players should follow these tips.
As fun as it is, ice hockey carries a very real risk of injury. To keep your kids as safe as possible, follow these tips.
Lacrosse is a fast-moving, fun sport to play and watch. But injuries are bound to happen. Here’s how to help players avoid them.
Injuries can be common, and runners should always be aware of their surroundings. These tips can help keep runners safe.
Skateboarding is undeniably cool, but it’s also easy for riders to get hurt. Help your kids keep it safe with these safety tips.
Skiing is fun but also has some very real dangers. Make sure your kids follow these safety tips to learn how to stay safe on the slopes.
Sledding is a lot of fun, but can also cause injuries, some of them pretty serious. To keep your kids safe while sledding, make sure they follow these safety tips.
Snowboarding is a great way to have fun and get exercise, but it has some very real dangers. These safety tips can help keep your family safe on the slopes.
In wrestling, injuries are bound to happen sometimes. To keep things as safe as possible, wrestlers should follow these tips
Sever’s disease, a common heel injury in kids, is due to inflammation (swelling) of the growth plate in the heel. While painful, it’s only temporary and has no long-term effects.
Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone, often from running or another high-impact activity. They get better with rest.
Team sports can be too complicated for the average preschooler. Here are some fun and easy ways to keep them active.
Organized sports can help kids grow in many ways. Consider your child’s age, personality, and abilities to help make sports fun.
Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.
The lymphatic system is an extensive drainage network that helps keep bodily fluid levels in balance and defends the body against infections.
When it comes to keeping your kid hydrated, there’s a dizzying array of drinks to choose from. Are sports and energy drinks right for your child?
Get tips on everything from finding the best sport for your kids to preventing and handling injuries.
Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do student athletes. That’s why it’s important to make sure that kids and teens get a sports physical.
Diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way of exercise and sports competition. Like anyone else, kids with diabetes are healthier if they get plenty of exercise.
One of the most important goals of kids’ sports is helping children develop a sense of good sportsmanship. Here’s how to set a good example for your kids.
Get the facts about steroids, their side effects, and what can drive kids and teens to try them.
With a properly designed and supervised program, strength training can be a fun way for kids to build healthy muscles, joints, and bones.
Torticollis is a common condition that causes a stiff neck or neck pain that makes it difficult for kids to turn their heads.
What should parents do when their child wants to quit a sport?
This glossary provides definitions for some common sports medicine terms.
An ankle X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, and swelling, or deformity of the ankle joint. It can also detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.
A bone age study can help evaluate how a child’s skeleton is maturing, which can help doctors diagnose conditions that delay or accelerate growth.
This X-ray can, among other things, help find the cause of neck, shoulder, upper back, or arm pain. It’s commonly done after someone has been in an automobile or other accident.
An elbow X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or a deformity. It can also help to detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.
A femur X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, limp, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the upper leg. It can detect a broken bone, and after a broken bone has been set, it can help determine whether the bone is in alignment.
Doctors may order a finger X-ray to find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, or swelling, or to detect broken bones or dislocated joints.
A foot X-ray can help find the cause pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformities. It also can detect broken bones or dislocated joints.
A hand X-ray can help find the cause of pain, tenderness, swelling, and deformity. It also can detect broken bones or dislocated joints.
A hip X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as limping, pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity in the hip area. It can detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.
A humerus X-ray can help find the cause of symptoms such as pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the upper arm. It can detect a broken bone, and after the bone has been set, help determine whether it has healed properly.
A knee X-ray can help find the causes of pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the knee, and detect broken bones or a dislocated joint.
Some kids may have significant differences in the length of their legs, a condition known as leg length discrepancy. This X-ray exam can help doctors determine the exact difference in leg length so they can decide on a treatment.
An X-ray of the tibia and fibula can help find the cause of pain, tenderness, swelling, or deformity of the lower leg. It can detect broken bones, and after a broken bone has been set, help determine if it has healed properly.
A pelvis X-ray can help find the cause pain, swelling, or deformity in the pelvic, hip, or upper leg regions, and can detect broken bones.
A wrist X-ray is a safe and painless test that can help find the cause of pain, tenderness, swelling, or show deformities of the wrist joint. It can also detect broken bones or dislocated joints.