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Young athletes: Cheer them on to safety

February 3, 2017 Leave a comment

Every kid is a winner when it comes to playing sports. Game time can boost a youngster’s social skills and selfconfidence, while providing plenty of healthy exercise that’s also a lot of fun.

But every sport poses at least some risks. As a parent, you can work with coaches and your young athlete to help reduce these risks.

Stay off the injured list. To help your child score in safety, Emily Peterson, DO, FAAP, a pediatrician at Dignity Health Medical Group’s Henderson location, suggests the following:

ASK QUESTIONS. Learn what your child’s sports program is doing to prevent and respond to injuries, such as ensuring conditioning for players and safety training for coaches.

SCHEDULE A PHYSICAL. A preseason exam from a doctor will help confirm that your youngster is healthy enough to play.

GET EQUIPPED. Depending on the sport, a helmet, body padding, mouthguards or shinguards, eye protection, and proper shoes may be needed.

PLAY BY THE RULES. From football to soccer, many sports have rules designed to prevent injuries. Make sure your child knows—and follows—them.

BEAT THE HEAT. Give your child a water bottle—and encourage frequent drinking.

WARM UP. Encourage warm-up exercises before and cooldown exercises after both practices and games.

TAKE CONCUSSIONS SERIOUSLY. In general, players shouldn’t get back in the game until medically evaluated and cleared to play.

ENCOURAGE REST. Athletes need breaks in between seasons and during practices and games.

SPEAK UP. Teach your child to speak up if he or she is sick or hurt. And remember to check with your child’s doctor if you suspect an injury.

Sources: American Academy of Pediatrics; National Institutes of Health; Safe Kids Worldwide

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Watch Univision Tonight!

September 3, 2010 Leave a comment
Veronica Cortez being interviewed by Univision television reporter.

Make sure to tune in to Univision tonight at 11 p.m. as Veronica “Rony” Cortez, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Hispanic Community Outreach Health Educator & Positive Impact Program Coordinator talks about the many programs we have available for the Hispanic community.

Among the many programs available, Rony talked about our Baby Rose and R.E.D. Rose programs, our car seat safety checks, our Spanish-language physician referral line, and our Family to Family “activities with your kids” programs at the Gibson Library in Henderson.

Car Seat safety checks: Family to Family Connection 568-9601 or WomensCare Center 616-4900.

Activities with your Kids:  Family to Family Connection at 564-0896 or Gibson Library at 564-9287.

 R.E.D. Rose:  (The R.E.D. Rose program, which stands for Responsible Early Detection, addresses the need for quality breast cancer screenings, diagnostic screenings and treatment services.) 616-5750.

Baby Rose: (The Baby Rose program focuses on increasing the number of women who receive prenatal care early in their pregnancies. The program assists women in accessing prenatal care regardless of their ability to pay.) 568-9074.

Spanish-language Physician Referral service: 616-4999.

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