Sports Specializaton, intensive training may be detrimental for young athletes

Sports specialization, intensive training may be detrimental for young athletes

Child athletes who only focus on one sport and undergo intensive training may have a higher risk of developing injuries and burnout than those who don’t, according to an AAP report in Pediatrics. Young athletes, parents and coaches should understand that sports are intended to instill fun and develop lifelong physical activity skills; early diversification and later specialization may increase the likelihood of success in athletic goals; and that rest periods can facilitate physical and psychological recovery and reduce injury risk, the report said.

AAP News (8/29),  AAP News (8/29),  Reuters (8/29) 


Vast majority of parents still placing babies in unsafe sleep environments, study reveals

USA Today (8/15, Shedrofsky) reports that research“involving videos of slumbering infants found the vast majority of parents placed babies in unsafe sleep environments associated with an increased risk of death.” Parents appear to be placing infants in environments with “loose blankets, stuffed animals, pillows, bumper pads and sleep positioners,” despite “guidance from health care providers and public education campaigns,” a 160-infant study released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics reveals.


First weeks of college risky time for students, experts suggest

In a nearly 1,700 word article, the New York Times(8/17, Heffernan, Wallace) reports people are at high risk for alcohol abuse, depression, and sexual assault during the first weeks of college, so parents should talk with their children about those risks before and after they begin college, according to “Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health and director of the PRO Health Lab at Penn State,” and other experts. The article highlights research by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism that has found binge-drinking among college students has declined overall, but the number of alcohol-related hospitalizations among college students has increased.