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Keeping Children Safe from Concussions

Children reap a variety of benefits from athletics. Organized sports in particular help foster a sense of teamwork, pride in accomplishment, individual drive and commitment, and of course, a background in physical fitness that is likely to stay with them their entire lives.

There’s also a risk of injury, of course, and the latest news isn’t encouraging. According to a study in the September 2010 issue of Pediatrics, which analyzed data from emergency-room departments nationwide, approximately half of the nearly 500,000 ER visits for concussions (from 2001-2005) involving children and adolescents 8-19 years of age were sports related. Football and ice hockey topped the team sports most likely to lead to concussion, while bicycling and playground activities accounted for the most non-team concussion injuries. Even more disturbing, an estimated 40 percent of concussions were suffered by younger children – ages 8 to 13.

Be familiar with the warning signs that indicate your child may have suffered a concussion, and talk to your doctor about steps you can take to reduce your child’s injury risk.    CLICK THE CHECKLIST TO THE LEFT TO SEE THE SIGNS of CONCUSSIONS on a GREADED SCALE which is provided by the National Athletic Trainers Association.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , | 1 Comment

Kamehameha-Hawaii Girls Place Well at Punahou Wrestling Tournament

Kamehameha girls do well on mat at Punahou

Kamehameha- Hawaii was the only team from the Big Island to compete along with 26 other schools statewide from Molokai, Maui, Lanai, and Oahu at the Punahou Invitational Girls Wrestling Tournament.

There was a total 238 girls participating in the day long tournament.

Warrior girls placed 8 of the 12 competitors in the top three which had 11 different weight classes.

First place winner Megan Aina (98 lb) and Jasmine Iuta (175 lb.) along with 2nd place winner Sable Young (155 lb) headlined the Warrior team under veteran Head Coach Marlon Miller.

December 1, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , | Leave a comment