As winter retreats, youth sports ramp up, so it’s time to take a look at how to keep young athletes safe and healthy. David Gonzalez, MD, Chief, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery, Montefiore, and Assistant Professor, Orthopedic Surgery, Einstein, says “Injuries in young athletes have been on the rise in recent years. Kids are playing sports year-round, often the same sport in different leagues, using the same muscle groups, which can lead to overuse injuries.” Here are some ways to play it safe:
Schedule a physical. See your pediatrician or a sports medicine doctor just before the season begins, especially if your child has a history of illness or asthma.
Warm up. Athletes should do gradual cardio to increase the heart rate, and stretching to engage the muscles before playing. Kids should ease into sports with these exercises pre-season.
“INJURIES IN YOUNG ATHLETES HAVE BEEN ON THE RISE IN RECENT YEARS.” — David Gonzalez, MD
Stay hydrated. Athletes should drink more than the recommended eight glasses of water a day to replace the fluids lost through sweat. Drink 16 ounces of water or sports drink an hour before play and another 16 ounces after. Sports drinks can replace sodium and potassium needed for strong muscles.
Avoid overuse injuries. “In throwing sports, like baseball, kids, in general, are throwing too hard, too much and too early,” says Dr. Gonzalez. To prevent overuse injuries, athletes should rest and rotate positions so they’re not doing the same repetitive movements.
Notice early signs of injury. When athletes experience pain, they should tell their parents or coaches right away and follow the RICE method: rest, ice, compression and elevation. If pain persists for a week, see a doctor to rule out an injury.
Montefiore stepped up for another year to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the 32nd Annual SOMOS Spring Conference in Albany, supporting the work of SOMOS and the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force as they focus on issues of concern for the Latino population across the state. The centerpiece of Montefiore’s support is the funding of SOMOS scholarships for Hispanic students pursuing higher education.
Addressing the issue of access to care, Montefiore’s Office of Government & Community Relations organized and facilitated the health workshop for the conference. “Ouch, It Hurts...Where Do I Go?” was presented by Montefiore’s Amanda Parsons, MD, Vice President, Community and Population Health, along with four other panelists, and focused on emergency department utilization. With care shifting to more convenient and culturally competent community-based settings, the panel explored the distinction between emergency departments, primary care practices and urgent care centers, working toward the reduction of unnecessary emergency room visits.
For more information, visit www.somosnewyork.org
The Butler Center for Children and Families at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) will observe National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April with Pinwheels for Prevention, a program brought by Prevent Child Abuse New York to encourage simple actions that make a positive difference in the lives of children. The pinwheel symbolizes the healthy, happy and safe childhood every kid deserves, which the Butler Center will honor by planting pinwheels in its therapeutic garden on a sunny day in April.
The Center will also host an educational event for children and families at the Family Care Center (FCC) on the Moses Campus on Thursday, April 25, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Lynn D. Hamberg, LMSW, MeD, Director, Butler Center, reminds us to “take simple everyday actions that can reduce stress for families and increase resilience for kids, from writing letters to the editor in support of family programs to offering to babysit for a neighbor.”
For more information on how to get involved, call Lynn Hamberg at 718-920-6429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rose F. Kennedy Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (RFK CERC) on the Einstein Campus will welcome parents and caregivers to its FREE 7th Annual CERC Parent Workshop on Wednesday, May 29, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The Center is an interdisciplinary service program for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, working successfully to find more efficient and equitable ways to help underserved communities gain access to diagnosis and treatment. The 2019 CERC Workshop aims to empower parents to serve as advocates for their children alongside educators, therapists, physicians and attorneys to better understand their child’s diagnosis, their rights within the educational system, steps to take when concerns arise and how to care for their own wellbeing while caring for a special-needs child.
For more information on the workshop, please call 718-430-2934 or visit www.cham.org/programs-centers/children-s-evaluation-and-rehabilitation-center/our-expertise
On the way home from a particularly busy work day, you weigh pulling into the fast-food drivethrough or picking up groceries to then stand in the kitchen and cook dinner. There is another option. Sandra Arévalo, RDN, Director of Nutrition Services and Community Outreach at Montefiore’s Community Pediatrics Program, highlights nutritious dishes that are easy, fast and delicious.
For more recipes and the skillet directions for Chinese Beef and Peapods, visit http://bit.ly/lohud-chinese-beef-peapods-recipe
Makes 4–6 servings
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Brenda Boatswain, PhD, CGP, Associate Wellness Wellbeing Manager, Office of Community and Population Health, Montefiore, represented Montefiore at the 2019 American Group Psychotherapy Association’s (AGPA) 76th annual conference with a lecture addressing workplace stress in non-clinical associates in a busy healthcare system.
Tia Powell, MD, the Shoshanah Trachtenberg Frackman Professor of Bioethics, Departments of Epidemiology and Population Health and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Einstein; and Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Bioethics, has published a new book titled Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End, published by Penguin Random House. The book is a cultural and medical history of dementia, and urges us to shift our focus from cure to care. Find it on www.penguinrandomhouse.com.
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Join the Discussion about Value-Based Care in Cancer
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, New York
Shalom Kalnicki, MD, FACRO, Professor and Chair, Radiation Oncology, Montefiore and Einstein
Manuel C. Perry, MD, Director, Oncology Care Model and Division Leader, Oncology/Hematology, Crystal Run Healthcare
Blair Burnett, Senior Policy Analyst, Association of Community Cancer Centers
Beth Wittmer, RN, OCN, Manager, Care Management, Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Institute
Angela Martin, PharmD, Provider Clinical Liaison, Oncology and Palliative Care Solutions, Anthem
Using the Electronic Health Record to Improve Identification, Evaluation and Reporting of Child Abuse
Rachel P. Berger, MD, MPH, Professor, Pediatrics, and Chief Division of Child Advocacy, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Wednesday, April 17 | 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses Campus
Visit the CHAM Grand Rounds section of the intranet for more information.