Youth sports today look different than they did just a few generations ago. In the past, “play” was a pick-up game after school, it was recreational and unstructured, the goal was to have fun, socialize and develop a lifelong love of physical activity. Today’s youth “play” is adult-led, structured and focused on winning. This competitive shift in youth sports has led to an increasing number of children specializing in one sport at a young age. The benefits of youth sports are countless; however, early sports specialization may threaten these positive aspects.
Food is fuel for your body! Your “fuel” choices influence how well your body will handle the stress of your workout, activity or competition. Timing of refueling also has an impact on your body’s ability to maximize the effect of your food choices. In other words, not only does it matter what you eat but when you eat and how much you eat.
October is National Physical Therapy Month. However, many people aren't completely aware of the profession of physical therapy and what it can do for them.
Have you ever picked up your child’s backpack and thought that it seemed extremely heavy? You are not alone. Children today are carrying more and more in their backpacks. In fact, some recent studies have shown that on average, a child’s backpack weighs as much as 25 percent of their body weight. However, American Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Associations recommend that a backpack weigh no more than 10 percent of a child’s weight.
Torticollis is a common postural deformity that affects newborns and infants. It is typically characterized by the neck bending to one side (a tilt) and turning the head to the opposite side. Because of this, infants diagnosed with torticollis tend to favor these motions in their neck, but also certain sides of their body.
Have you been at your desk all day? Are your eyes tired and muscles tense? With a little exercise, you can wake up for the afternoon and be more productive.