July 16, 2013

NYSHSI Executive Director, Dr. Michael Bergeron, shared two key safety messages during interviews with RadioMD for National Youth Sport Safety Week. Train safe and have fun!

National Youth Sport Safety Week: Let Them Play (RadioMD; www.radiomd.com)

You want your kids to be physically fit and healthy, especially in the wake of the childhood obesity epidemic that’s sweeping our nation. You probably also want them to be involved in sports and become a part of a team — not only for the physical fitness benefits, but so they also learn how to be a team player and develop good sportsmenship. However, while accomplishing all of this, first and foremost you want to keep them safe. Every year over 20 million kids in the U.S. participate in sports, and almost one million suffer serious sports-related injuries. As a parent, do you know what precautions to take to keep your kids safe as they participate in sports? Special guest, Dr. Michael F. Bergeron, explains all you need to know if your kids are gearing up for their next game, match or event.

Keep Your Young Athlete Safe During Summer Training (RadioMD; www.radiomd.com)

Is your child involved in a summer baseball, soccer or football camp? These summer team sports can be fun and a valuable learning experience for your kids. However, the heat and sun can drain your child of energy and hydration, especially if the coaches are especially hard on them and require two-a-day workouts. This can leave your kids susceptible to dangerous health concerns such as sunstroke, heatstroke and dehydration. Fortunately there are steps you can take as a parent to protect your young athletes. Join Dr. Michael F. Bergeron for the best ways to keep your child safe while participating in summer team sports.