Tip of the Week

April is Youth Sports Safety Month. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of all youth sports injuries are preventable. The CDC also says that sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits for children ages 12 to 17.

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine created Youth Sports Safety Month to raise awareness about preventable sports injuries. It says Orthopaedic surgeons are seeing two trends, says the society: the number of sports-related injuries among children is reaching epidemic proportions; and many children and teenagers are experiencing overuse injuries at younger and younger ages.

An increase in overuse and trauma injuries combined with a lack of attention to proper injury prevention is behind the high rate of youth sports injuries.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children take at least one day per week and one month per year off from training for a particular sport to allow the body to recover and prevent overuse injuries. It also recommends players should wear appropriate and properly fitting protective equipment but that young athletes also know the limits of this gear and not attempt risky or that protective gear will prevent all injuries while performing dangerous or risky activities. The AAP also recommends that young athletes strengthen their muscles through conditioning exercises, remember to stretch after games and practices to increase flexibility, not play through pain, and take proper breaks during sports activities.

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Family Movie Night

“Penguins”

Rated: G

Length: 1 hour 16 mins

Synopsis: The story of Steve, an Adélie penguin on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. When Steve meets with Wuzzo the emperor penguin they become friends. But nothing comes easy in the icy Antarctic.

Book Report

“Bruno, the Standing Cat”

Ages: 3-7

Pages: 48

Synopsis: When a box arrives on Peter’s doorstep, he opens it to find Bruno, a cat who is standing up on two legs. It is very odd. Bruno likes to chew bubble gum, play house, and skateboard--and refuses to engage in any catlike behavior. But Peter likes Bruno, and so they become friends and do everything they can think of together.

--Random House Books for Young Readers

Did You Know

In nine states, 93 people have been infected with salmonella linked to pre-cut melon sold at many stores. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says consumers shouldn’t eat, serve or sell recalled melon or fruit medley products produced by Caito Foods, LLC and sold under several brands and labels. The full list of brands and labels can be found at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm635948.htm

The clamshell packs of fruit were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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