As warm weather approaches, football players and coaches are starting to pull out the helmets, shoulder pads, blocking shields and lesson plans for spring workouts.
One key to a good football practice is proper hydration.
Throughout training – including before, during and after – players and coaches both must focus on maintaining adequate hydration levels. Drinking plenty of fluids and staying well-hydrated benefits onfield performance while reducing the risk of heat stress or illness.
As more is learned about concussion and its effects, high schools and youth leagues across the United States are adopting return-to-play policies to safely get athletes back on the playing field.
But what about the classroom?
Student-athletes who suffer a concussion need care – and patience – from the academic world as well, said Dr. Gerry Gioia, the chief of pediatric neuropsychology at the Children’s National Medical Center and director of its Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery and Education Program.
As the nation reflects on the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting tragedy, a Los Angeles Pop Warner football program held a game to honor Jack Pinto and the rest of the victims.
Jack was 6-year-old boy, who along with 25 others, was shot and killed that day in Newtown, Conn. A New York Giants fan, Jack was honored at the time by Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, who wrote “RIP Jack” on his cleats.
Jack was a sweet, loving, active boy who enjoyed playing all kinds of sports but most of all loved having fun and being with other kids.