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team sports

How to play hockey safely.
Physiquality. September 8, 2017.

How do you know if your child’s coach is a good one?
Physiquality. May 15, 2014.

My coach, the bully.
New York Times. January 29, 2014. Jan Hoffman.

Playing basketball — safely — at any age.
Physiquality. November 15, 2013.

Rule changes could make kids’ hockey safer, researchers say.
Los Angeles Times. December 4, 2012. Mary MacVean.

Health gains for grown up soccer players.
New York Times. March 4, 2010. Tara Parker-Pope.

As girls become women, sports pay dividends.
New York Times. February 15, 2010. Tara Parker-Pope.

overtraining & injury prevention

Why are younger athletes burning out of sports?
Physiquality. March 1, 2016.

With the thrills come extreme risks.
New York Times. March 31, 2014. Jane E. Brody.

To prevent brain damage, soccer players should keep ‘head counts.’
Los Angeles Times. June 11, 2013. Brad Balukjian.

Helping children play safely in sports.
New York Times. June 3, 2013. Jane E. Brody.

Improving safety for younger athletes.
Physiquality. May 1, 2013.

Pediatricians call for protections for cheerleaders.
Los Angeles Times. October 22, 2012. Mary MacVean.

The case against kids playing just one sport.
Chicago Tribune. July 25, 2012. Sue Hubbard.

Should young athletes be screened for heart risk?
New York Times. April 30, 2012. Anahad O’Connor.

Pre-sports physical can prevent sudden death among athletes.
Chicago Tribune. July 27, 2011.

Kids who specialize in one sport may have higher injury risk.
Science Daily. May 3, 2011.

Preventing youth overuse injuries.
Physiquality. May 3, 2011.

Are gawky adolescents more injury prone?
New York Times. April 20, 2011. Gretchen Reynolds.

Young female athletes at risk for stress fractures: High-impact sports such as gymnastics are particularly tough on adolescent bones.
Reuters. April 6, 2011. Genevra Pittman.

A warning on overuse injuries for youths.
New York Times. April 4, 2011. Jane E. Brody.

Phys Ed: Should children run marathons?
New York Times. February 23, 2011. Gretchen Reynolds.

Doctors warn about children overtraining in mixed martial arts.
The Sun Sentinel. February 18, 2011. Nick Sortal.

Fractures among high school athletes have serious implications, study finds.
Los Angeles Times. August 3, 2010. Jeannine Stein.

When a child gets hurt, a sibling may be at risk.
New York Times. June 7, 2010. Perri Klass.

Exercise: Windmill pitch is high stress for arm.
New York Times. April 6, 2009. Eric Nagourney.

Hazards: Careful when you go up for that rebound.
New York Times. October 27, 2008. Erin Nagourney.

Rooting for safety: Cheerleading is risky but ill-regulated.
Washington Post. September 9, 2008. Rob Stein.

Early focus on one sport raises alarms.
New York Times. September 1, 2008. Tara Parker-Pope.

Sports and injuries in teens: Stress fractures in the lower back.
Healthline. August 14, 2008. Nancy L. Brown, PhD.

Youthful fling with surgery: More high school athletes are replacing elbow ligaments, raising concerns about overtraining.
Los Angeles Times. July 21, 2008. Kevork Djansezian.

The uneven playing field: Girls’ sports injuries.
New York Times. May 11, 2008. Michael Solokove.

youth ACL injuries

How a warm-up routine can save your knees.
New York Times. March 19, 2014. Gretchen Reynolds.

What to do if your child tears an ACL.
New York Times. September 4, 2013. Gretchen Reynolds.

Soccer players’ ACL injury risk may drop after a warm-up.
Los Angeles Times. February 8, 2012. Jeannine Stein.

Preventing ACL injury.
Physiquality. August 15, 2011.

An injured ACL isn’t a death knell for an athlete anymore.
Los Angeles Times. July 11, 2011. James S. Fell.

ACL injuries could be influenced by gender and which leg dominates, study finds.
Los Angeles Times. August 2, 2010. Jeannine Stein.

PTs: Appropriate exercise can help prevent ACL injuries in females.
APTA. September 25, 2008.

Sports and injuries in teens: ACL injuries.
Healthline. August 8, 2008. Nancy L. Brown, PhD.

youth concussions

The right response to youth concussions.
New York Times. August 31, 2015. Jane E. Brody.

Heading ban for youth soccer won’t end head injuries.
New York Times. July 15, 2015. Gretchen Reynolds.

A simple flashcard test to detect concussions.
New York Times. March 11, 2015. Gretchen Reynolds.

New brain changes found in football players.
New York Times. May 21, 2014. Gretchen Reynolds.

Don’t tell Coach: Playing through concussions.
New York Times. November 5, 2013. Jan Hoffman.

Study: No helmet brand can save football players from concussion risk.
Chicago Tribune. October 28, 2013. Karen Kaplan.

Concussions and the classroom.
New York Times. October 27, 2013. Jan Hoffman.

Heads up: Concussion in youth sports.
Center for Disease Control. May 24, 2013.

Concussion worries are not just for adults.
Los Angeles Times. October 20, 2012. Jessica P. Ogilvie.

Athletes and concussions.
Physiquality. July 20, 2012.

Head injuries and the everyday athlete.
New York Times. July 11, 2012. Gretchen Reynolds.

Concussions may be more severe in girls and young athletes.
New York Times. May 10, 2012. Anahad O’Connor.

A new worry for soccer parents: Heading the ball.
New York Times. December 7, 2011. Gretchen Reynolds.

Head injuries on the football field.
New York Times. September 8, 2011. Anahad O’Connor.

Boxing KO’d by doctors as too risky for kids’ and teens’ brains.
Los Angeles Times. August 29, 2011. Amina Khan.

Traumatic brain injury in children.
The Brain Injury Guide & Resources, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the MU Department of Health Psychology.

Ivy League to limit full-contact football practices.
New York Times. July 19, 2011. Ken Belson.

Head injuries in young people may be linked to more violent behavior.
Los Angeles Times. June 2, 2011. Jeannine Stein.

A doctor’s seven ways to avoid damage from concussions.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 2, 2011. Chuck Finder.

Phys Ed: Looking at how concussions when young influence later life.
New York Times. September 22, 2010. Gretchen Reynolds.

In basketball, danger of head trauma.
New York Times. September 13, 2010. Tara Parker-Pope.

New clinical instrument assesses concussion in young athletes.
Medscape. February 17, 2010. Allison Gandey.

Head injuries: Looking for signs and acting quickly.
New York Times. March 25, 2009. Liz Robbins.

health & wellness

Losing fat, gaining brain power, on the playground.
New York Times. June 16, 2017. Gretchen Reynolds.

Not vaccinating children is the greater risk.
New York Times. August 10, 2015. Jane E. Brody.

How to cut children’s screen time? Say no to yourself first.
New York Times. July 13, 2015. Jane E. Brody.

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children.
New York Times. July 6, 2015. Jane E. Brody.

Encouraging kids to make healthy decisions.
Physiquality. April 16, 2015.

Hard lesson in sleep for teenagers.
New York Times. October 20, 2014. Jane Brody.

A spoonful of medicine may put children at risk.
New York Times. July 15, 2014. Jan Hoffman.

This is our youth.
New York Times. July 9, 2014. Gretchen Reynolds.

Cool at 13, adrift at 23.
New York Times. June 23, 2014. Jan Hoffman.

Teenage sunburns raise melanoma risk.
New York Times. June 5, 2014. Anahad O’Connor.

To help a shy child, listen.
New York Times. September 16, 2013. Perri Klass.

Don’t ignore sibling bullying.
Los Angeles Times. June 18, 2013. Mary MacVean.

The world through a newborn’s senses.
Los Angeles Times. May 11, 2013. Susan Brink.

HPV vaccine showing successes in Australia.
New York Times. April 18, 2013. Anahad O’Connor.

Sleep less, weigh more.
New York Times. April 10, 2013. Nicholas Bakalar.

The importance of three R’s: Reading, writing and recess.
Chicago Tribune. January 9, 2013. Bonnie Miller.

Television in kids’ rooms: Really a bad idea, says study.
Los Angeles Times. December 11, 2012. Melissa Healy.

Lower bone density for girls who smoke.
New York Times. December 10, 2012. Nicholas Bakalar.

Small changes in child’s sleep can have big impact at school.
Los Angeles Times. October 15, 2012. Jon Bardin.

Texting the teenage patient.
New York Times. October 8, 2012. Jan Hoffman.

Kids exposed to background TV a ‘startling’ amount, study finds.
Los Angeles Times. October 1, 2012. Mary MacVean.

Dogs and cats help babies’ health, study says.
Los Angeles Times. July 9, 2012. Amina Khan.

Keep infants out of the sun, the government says.
Los Angeles Times. June 29, 2012. Mary MacVean.

Slathering on sunscreen, early and often.
New York Times. June 4, 2012. Jane E. Brody.

Friends influence how active kids are: Research has implications for preventing child obesity.
WebMD. May 28, 2012. Salynn Boyles.

Heavy backpacks can spell chronic back pain for children.
New York Times. April 23, 2012. Jane E. Brody.

Waist size helps predict heart risk in teenagers.
New York Times. April 6, 2012. Anahad O’Connor.

“Sleep debt” tied to attention trouble in teens.
Fox News. September 7, 2011.

Antibiotic use in kids down, but still ‘inappropriately high.’
Los Angeles Times. September 2, 2011. Eryn Brown.

Vaccine-safety report should reassure doctors and parents, experts say.
Los Angeles Times. August 25, 2011. Shari Roan.

For better grades, try gym class.
New York Times. August 10, 2011. Gretchen Reynolds.

Dear parents: Why vaccines are vital.
Los Angeles Times. August 8, 2011. Steve Dudley.

Too much Facebook time may be unhealthy for kids.
Los Angeles Times. August 6, 2011. Daniela Hernandez.

Leaving the sport, gaining an eating disorder.
Los Angeles Times. July 28, 2011. Melissa Rohlin.

Guarding privacy may not always protect adolescent patients.
New York Times. July 11, 2011. Perri Klass.

Baby’s first pet may protect against allergies.
MSNBC. June 13, 2011. Joseph Brownstein.

A graduation that may carry unnecessary risk.
New York Times. June 13, 2011. Perri Klass.

Zombie prevention: Your child’s sleep.
New York Times. May 23, 2011. Jane E. Brody.

Good-night, teen. Too little sleep can harm young brains.
MSNBC. April 13, 2011. Linda Carroll.

Heavyweight teens risk adult heart disease but can outrun diabetes risk if they slim down.
Los Angeles Times. April 7, 2011. Melissa Healy.

Secondhand smoke isn’t just bad for kids’ bodies, it’s bad for their brains.
Los Angeles Times. April 5, 2011. Karen Kaplan.

Kids’ musical instruments booming with bacteria.
Los Angeles Times. March 15, 2011. Shari Roan.

More sleep for younger kids means less chance of becoming obese, study finds.
Los Angeles Times. January 24, 2011. Mary Forgione.

Waist size says a lot about kids’ health.
Los Angeles Times. November 19, 2010. Shari Roan.

TV time limits for toddlers are ignored.
Los Angeles Times. October 28, 2010. Shari Roan.

Phys Ed: Can exercise make kids smarter?
New York Times. September 15, 2010. Gretchen Reynolds.

Returning to classrooms, and to severe headaches.
New York Times. August 30, 2010. Tara Parker-Pope.

The fat trap.
New York Times Magazine. April 12, 2010. Peggy Orenstein.

Students give up wheels for their own two feet.
New York Times. March 26, 2009. Elisabeth Rosenthal.

Greatest Internet threat to teens may be teens themselves.
Los Angeles Times. January 26, 2009. Melissa Healy.

Report ties children’s use of media to their health.
New York Times. December 1, 2008. Brian Stelter.

Lack of playtime is hurting children: Kids need play to be healthy, learn creativity and social skills, some argue.
Associated Press. November 18, 2008.

A rise in kidney stones is seen in U.S. children.
New York Times. October 27, 2008. Laurie Tarkan.

Healthful messages, wrapped in fiction.
New York Times. October 13, 2008. Tara Parker-Pope.

Small steps: A good-health guide.
New York Times. September 14, 2008. Tara Parker-Pope.

mental health

To smoosh peas is to learn.
New York Times. December 23, 2013. Perri Klass.

Children eat more after sleeping less.
New York Times. November 6, 2013. Nicholas Bakalar.

Mindfulness training lowers depression, stress in kids.
Medscape. June 25, 2013. Deborah Brauser.

1 in 25 U.S. teens attempt suicide, national study finds.
NBC News. January 9, 2013. Genevra Pittman.

A lifeline for parents concerned about a child’s mental health.
Los Angeles Times. December 30, 2012. Steve Lopez.

Embracing children for who they are.
New York Times. November 5, 2012. Jane E. Brody.

Physically fit at 18 may mean less depression later in life.
Medscape. June 28, 2012. Fran Lowry.

Video games and the depressed teenager.
New York Times. January 18, 2011. Roni Caryn Rabin.

Behavior: Internet use tied to depression in youths.
New York Times. August 9, 2010. Roni Caryn Rabin.


Feeding your minds: The importance of school lunches.
New York Times. June 5, 2017. Jane E. Brody.

For teenagers, potassium may matter more than salt.
New York Times. April 27, 2015. Tara Parker-Pope.

Breast feeding may have benefits decades later.
New York Times. March 17, 2015. Nicholas Bakalar.

Milk choice may affect vitamin D levels.
New York Times. October 23, 2014. Nicholas Bakalar.

Parents, skip weight talk and focus on eating advice, study suggests.
Los Angeles Times. June 24, 2013. Melissa Healy.

A musical message for children on healthy eating.
New York Times. May 6, 2013. Jane E. Brody.

Advice shifts on feeding baby.
New York Times. April 8, 2013. Perri Klass.

How much milk should children drink?
New York Times. December 24, 2012. Nicholas Bakalar.

Try offering cheese and broccoli for kids’ snacks.
Los Angeles Times. December 19, 2012. Mary MacVean.

A child’s helping hand on portions.
New York Times. April 24, 2012.

Vitamin D linked to stronger bones in girls.
Los Angeles Times. March 5, 2012. Shari Roan.

Kids prefer variety of foods and colors on their plates.
Los Angeles Times. January 6, 2012. Eryn Brown.

Why your child athlete doesn’t need Gatorade.
Chicago Tribune. May 31, 2011. Julie Deardorff.

Bringing in family to combat anorexia.
New York Times. October 18, 2010. Roni Caryn Rabin.

Breast milk sugars give infants a protective coat.
New York Times. August 2, 2010. Nicholas Wade.

Flashy fruits entice kids to chow down.
MSNBC. May 5, 2010. Rachael Rettner.

childhood obesity

Obese children show early signs of heart disease.
New York Times. October 27, 2014. Nicholas Bakalar.

Obese at 5? Chances are higher for obesity later, study says.
Los Angeles Times. January 29, 2014. Mary MacVean.

People want schools to help prevent childhood obesity, survey says.
Los Angeles Times. June 18, 2013. Mary MacLean.

Feeling bullied by parents about weight.
New York Times. January 9, 2013. Harriet Brown.

Confronting a weighty kids’ issue.
Los Angeles Times. January 5, 2013. Rene Lynch.

Youngest children show better success fighting obesity.
Chicago Tribune. October 31, 2012. Mary MacVean.

Obesity-linked diabetes in children resists treatment.
New York Times. April 29, 2012. Denise Grady.

Overweight and obese kids may miss more school than normal-weight kids.
Los Angeles Times. February 24, 2012. Jeannine Stein.

Caution urged in weight-loss surgery for teens.
Los Angeles Times. October 12, 2011. Shari Roan.

Heavy in school, burdened for life.
New York Times. June 2, 2011. Christy M. Glass, Steven A. Hass and Eric N. Reither.

Nurses may help some overweight kids.
Reuters. April 7, 2011. Alison McCook.

Parents may be an essential component of their children’s weight loss.
Los Angeles Times. March 28, 2011. Jeannine Stein.

Need to get your kids off the couch and moving? Felicia Stoler gives tips on combating childhood obesity with fitness.
Los Angeles Times. March 11, 2011. Jeannine Stein.

Weightlifting can be helpful for obese kids.
Los Angeles Times. February 14, 2011. James S. Fell.

Solid food for infants should be carefully timed to lower obesity risk.
Los Angeles Times. February 7, 2011. Shari Roan.

Risks for youths who eat what they watch.
New York Times. April 19, 2010. Jane E. Brody.

Obesity risks start before birth.
Los Angeles Times. March 8, 2010. Shari Roan.

Surgery for obese children?
New York Times. February 16, 2010. Laura Beil.

When children are overweight, changes for the whole family.
New York Times. February 12, 2010. Lesley Alderman.

Child obesity risks death at early age, study finds.
New York Times. February 10, 2010. Roni Caryn Rabin.

What is to blame for child obesity?
Los Angeles Times. December 21, 2009. Amina Khan.

First 6 months key to childhood obesity, study finds.
Los Angeles Times. March 30, 2009. Deborah L. Shelton.

Obese teens as likely as smokers to die early, study finds.
New York Times. March 3, 2009. Roni Caryn Rabin.

Child obesity seen as warning of heart disease.
New York Times. November 11, 2008. Pam Belluck.

Scholastic burden: A study in Philadelphia finds that overweight children have lower scores in certain tests and are less inclined to join sports.
Los Angeles Times. July 28, 2008. Jeannine Stein.

fitness for kids

Child’s play is good for all of us.
New York Times. May 3, 2017. Gretchen Reynolds.

How exercise can boost the child’s brain.
New York Times. October 8, 2014. Gretchen Reynolds.

How physical fitness may promote school success.
New York Times. September 18, 2013. Gretchen Reynolds.

Celebrating Family Health and Fitness Day.
Physiquality. September 17, 2013.

Taking the kids: Tips from the First Lady on staying active on vacation.
Chicago Tribune. May 22, 2013. Eileen Ogintz.

Winter fitness with the family.
Physiquality. December 17, 2012.

Muscular body image lures boys into gym, and obsession.
New York Times. November 19, 2012. Douglas Quenqua.

Some video games can help fight cancer, obesity.
Los Angeles Times. September 19, 2012. Mary MacVean.

Strength training as a family affair.
New York Times. July 24, 2012. Anahad O’Connor.

Exercise, regardless of amount of sedentary time, reduces risk factors in kids.
Medscape. February 15, 2012. Michael O’Riordan.

Childhood: Exercise yields dividends in the classroom, studies suggest.
New York Times. January 9, 2012. Nicholas Bakalar.

Exercise in hot weather is OK for kids — with precautions.
Los Angeles Times. August 8, 2011. Shari Roan.

Summer fitness with the family.
Physiquality. August 1, 2011.

High school kids don’t exercise enough, CDC reports: Only half of students meet official recommendations, but boys do more than girls.
MSNBC. June 16, 2011.

Most young kids don’t get enough exercise: Survey shows children aren’t following recommendations for daily physical activity.
WebMD. April 14, 2011. Bill Hendrick.

Phys Ed: The benefits of weight training for children.
New York Times. November 24, 2010. Gretchen Reynolds.

Surgeon General urges exercise for optimal health.
Medscape. June 17, 2010. Regina M. Benjamin.

Baby swimming appears to show later benefits.
Los Angeles Times. May 3, 2010. Jeannine Stein.

Moving from team sport to life long fitness.
New York Times. January 11, 2009. Linda Saslow.

Want to boost kids’ grades? Get them moving.
MSNBC. August 19, 2008. Jacqueline Stenson.

Mom, I’m at the gym doing homework (really!).
New York Times. August 2, 2007. Nora Isaacs.

Train like a pro, even if you’re 12.
New York Times. July 19, 2007. Catherine Saint Louis.

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