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Health and Safety

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Goalpost Safety

This handbook presents guidelines for the installation, use and storage of full-size or nearly fullsize movable soccer goals. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) believes these guidelines can help prevent deaths and serious injuries resulting from soccer goal tipover. Publication of the handbook is intended to promote greater safety awareness among those who purchase, install, use, and maintain movable soccer goals.
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Lightning Safety Outdoors

Each year, about 400 children and adults in the U.S. are struck by lightning while working outside, at sports events, on the beach, mountain climbing, mowing the lawn or during other outdoor activities. About 80 people are killed and several hundred more are left to cope with permanent disabilities. Many of these tragedies can be avoided. Finishing the game, getting a tan, or completing a work shift aren't worth death or crippling injury.
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Sports Training - How Much is Too Much?

Kids are starting sports earlier and training harder. Incentives to win are growing, sometimes literally - I've seen trophies almost bigger than the little athletes who've won them! With higher stakes have come pressures to perform better by being fitter and more skilled. Usually, this is achieved through repetition, repetition, repetition - whether it is serving a tennis ball, pitching a baseball, or performing a figure-skating double axel.
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The Spectators First Aid Kit

It is not only important for coaches to be prepared in emergency situations, but for parents and friends to be prepared as well. The National Center for Sports Safety recommends that spectators carry a first aid kit of their own to games and practices. This kit should include the items listed below.
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Athletic Nutrition for Young Athletes

In a period when many parents enroll their children in organized sports, it is imperative that basic nutrition guidelines for young athletes be followed. This will help these children to progress to their desirable potentials. Along with their improvement in performance, a healthy diet may reduce injury, reduce recovery time between competitions, make them feel better both physically and mentally, and create healthy eating habits for life.
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Benefits of Stretching

As a coach, part of your role is to facilitate any knowledge of ways to enhance an athlete's performance, whether it may be optimizing physical or mental capabilities or preventing injuries. With this in mind, a major factor that can contribute to an athlete's success is to understand all of the values of proper stretching.
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Care and Prevention of Ankle Sprains

The basic anatomy of the ankle and mechanism of the most common ankle sprain, the inversion sprain that damages the outside of the ankle, was described. In this issue, we will describe how ankle sprains can be prevented and rehabilitated.
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Coach, My Ankle Hurts!

Actually, the exact words I heard last August were "Dad, my ankle hurts!" It was at the end of our third practice of the season, and she hadn't done anything that day that might have injured it. I was surprised because she had never complained about pain. Whenever she was kicked or cleated, all she ever said was a quick "Ow!" and went on playing.
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Common Injury Terms

Reprinted with permission from "The Champion Within" by Lauren Gregg. A common terminology extends across the spectrum of injury. An understanding of the basic medical terms associated with sports medicine may make understanding your injury easier. The following are common injury terms.
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Common Sports Injury - Muscle Soreness

Muscle soreness is a common sports injury. Caused by working too hard for too long, muscle soreness is not only painful; it can also cause restricted range of motion. Muscle aches can strike during the latter stages of exercise, immediately after exercise, or 12 to 48 hours after exercise. No matter when the aches hit, there are steps you can take to ease the pain. Better yet, there are ways to prevent muscle aches all together.
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Eating to Play

A letter was sent to the editors requesting information about eating around game times. With the new season nearly upon us, it is probably a good time to review some topics associated with nutrition and sports performance. This has been one of the most intensely researched topics in the sports performance literature and there have been many advances from the "Saturday morning steaks" that dads might remember from their high school football days.
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These days, drinking fluids during exercise is considered normal behavior. The importance of drinking water was first documented during the construction of the Hoover Dam near Las Vegas in the mid-1930's. Unfortunately, the athletic community didn't catch on until the middle 1960's. In the late 60's and early 70's, the opinion of many began to shift and drinking water during exercise started to become commonplace. Nowadays, withholding water might even be considered negligent.
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Four Common Myths About Nutrition Among Soccer Players

There are more myths that coaches, players and parents may be following, but below four of the more common myths are dispelled. By following the nutritional guidelines below, players, coaches and teams can put themselves in an advantageous position before the match starts.
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The Hamstring Epidemic - Pre-Game Preparation and Injury Prevention

Over the past several decades, the general public has been inundated with information from sports medicine practitioners regarding the prevention of hamstring injuries. One of the focal points of these injury prevention programs has been the use of static stretches as the primary deterrent for hamstring strains, or “pulls” (static stretches are defined as stretching a muscle to lengthened position and holding for a set time.
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ACL Injury and the Female Soccer Player

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has received a lot of press over the past several years, especially in how it relates to the female athlete. Much of the attention has focused on the seemingly higher injury rates in female athletes as compared to males. Numerous research studies that have been conducted over the past 10 years indicate that females are indeed more susceptible to ACL injuries; most studies report that females are 4-8 times more likely to tear this ligament.
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