Sports Briefs

Youth sports injuries Sports may be hazardous to the health of our youth. “Of the 30 million young people involved in organized sports, 10 percent of them will suffer a sports-related injury,” said Dr. Albert Hergenroeder, professor of adolescent and sports medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. According to Hergenroeder, many new injuries occur because past injuries are not properly rehabilitated. Athletes often suffer loss of strength, flexibility and endurance when injuries are ignored. Watch out for “star” athletes who are more likely to return to competition before being fully recovered. Make sure the shoe fits What kind of feet do you have’ While that may seem like a strange question, knowing the answer is vital to choosing proper athletic shoes and reducing your risk of injury. “It’s best to get professional advice of a podiatrist or an orthopedic specialist when it comes to determining foot type,” said Dr. John Cianca, a sports medicine expert at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. “These specialists understand how feet respond to impact associated with sports.” To decrease risk of injury, it’s important to select shoes designed for your foot type: ‘ Pronator (feet roll inward too much when running) ‘ Supinator (not enough motion when running) ‘ Neutral (normal motion)

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