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Issue 11, July 29, 2000
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Young Athletes Should Not Specialize, says AAP Report


If your child is involved in sports, you should encourage her to participate in a variety of activities and to develop a wide range of skills. according to a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published in Pediatrics Volume 106, Number 01 July 2000, pp 154-157 (Intensive Training and Sports Specialization in Young Athletes ) Specialization at too young an age can deny your child the benefits of learning many skills and of using her body in a variety of ways; intensive training can present additional physical, physiologic, and psychologic demands that may have an adverse effect on her.

While adverse consequences from intense training and competition have been reported, the AAP points out that these are mostly anecdotal or from case studies, and that the short- and long-term health consequences need to be investigated in more depth.

For example, while child athletes have superior cardiac function compared with non-athletic children, data from some studies indicates that there can be temporary adverse changes in heart function immediately after intense exercise. However, other studies show no effect. The AAP stresses that the cardiovascular status of each child athlete must be carefully assessed by his or her physician.

Another area of concern is excessive stress on the muscles and bones. This can lead to tissue breakdown and injury; overuse injuries such as tendinitis and stress fractures can be the result of excessive training in both child and adult athletes. In addition, since the young athlete is still growing, he may be predisposed to repetitive stress injuries and/or injuries to his immature spine.

The AAP recommends that children be encouraged to participate in sports at the level that meets their interests and abilities and that they not be pushed beyond their limits. They also recommend that children do not specialize in a single sport before adolescence.

For more recommendations and for details of possible adverse affects of intense training, please read the complete report at the link given above.

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Nutrition Tips for Young Athletes

*An active child may need even more calories than his parents do, for he needs energy for both normal growth and the demands of his sport. If your child is becoming tired and irritable, lack of adequate calories may be the cause. Carbohydrates from starchy grains, fruits, and vegetables are the best source of the necessary calories.

Be especially watchful if your child participates in a sport where slimness is rewarded, such as gymnastics or ballet. Don't let her stop eating well in order to get to some "ideal" weight. Also, rapid weight loss techniques can lead to eating disorders, fatigue, dehydration and poor growth.

*Your child needs a well-balanced diet. One recommendation is 60 percent carbohydrates, 12 to 15 percent protein and less than 30 percent fat.

*Make sure your child gets enough iron in her diet. Adequate iron stores are necessary for oxygen transport, muscle aerobic metabolism and cognitive function. It's also possible that sports training may increase the body's iron loss, making your child's needs even higher than normal.

*Calcium is another essential food for child athletes. Adequate calcium is necessary for normal bone growth, It's also possible that calcium plays a role in the prevention and healing of stress fractures.

*Your active child may need from one-half to one gram of protein daily per pound of body weight. However, it's important to realize that neither extra protein nor strength training will help your young child develop bigger muscles. Muscular bulk is created by the hormones that become active at puberty.

*Make sure your child gets enough to drink while exercising. He is in fluid balance if he urinates every two to four hours. (See Nanny's Notes Issue 9, July 15, 2000, Summer Health and Safety: Heat Stress Hard on Exercising Children)

*Vitamin and mineral supplements can help a child who isn't getting adequate nutrition from her diet. However, the use of supplements to increase your child's athletic abilities is NOT supported by any scientific evidence. The evidence also does not support the use of substances such as amino acids and protein mixtures.

*Most children can eat enough to fulfill their nutritional needs and still have room for some junk food. So let your child have a few treats, but make sure that the treats don't kill his appetite for nutritious meals.

This information has been complied from
1. Intensive Training and Sports Specialization in Young Athletes
2. Nutrition: Parents must make sure child athletes eat right
3. The Child Athlete
4. http://www.thriveonline.com/kids/sports.nutrition.html

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Environmental Hazards in the Home: Radon

Radon is dangerous because this gas breaks down into radioactive particles that remain in the air. If you breathe in these particles, they can become trapped in your lungs, where they continue to break down, releasing radiation bursts that can damage your lungs and cause lung cancer. While most homes contain one to two picocuries of radon per liter, no level is considered safe.

Radon can enter your home through small openings, such as cracks in concrete, wall/floor joints in basements and pores in hollow wall blocks. If you get your water from a groundwater source, such as a well, you are more likely to have a radon problem.

The only way to find out the radon level of your home is to test it. These test kits can be bought in places such as grocery, hardware and convenience stores. It is possible to reduce the level in your home, but the exact method and cost will vary from home to home. If you live in the U.S., you can get more information on radon testing by calling 800-SOS-RADON

Based on information from the Consumer's Resource Handbook

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Becky's Campfire Songbook! http://www.geocities.com/EnchantedForest/Glade/8851/

If you're going camping this summer, print out some of these songs to take along and sing around the camp fire. Or just print them out to have fun in the back yard or front porch on a warm summer evening.

Song categories include warm-up songs, rounds, action sounds, silly songs, Christian and spiritual songs, skipping songs and singing games. You can download all the songs in a category as a zip file, which expands to a simple text file. There's no music, just words, so I guess if you don't know the songs, you can make up a tune that fits. (Or let your child make one up.)

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