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Playing it Safe in Cold Weather

01/31/2013 | WellnessSafety

When the colder temperatures set in, it’s hard for children and adults to be cooped up inside all the time. But before you head outdoors for some winter-time fun, be sure to review these easy tips for keeping children safe in cold weather. Don’t skip the sunscreen: It may be freezing outside, but the exposed skin on your child’s face still needs protection.  Snow reflects more than 75% of the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, so make sure your child is wearing sunscreen…

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But I can’t dance: six tips for first-time Zumba students

01/24/2013 | Treatments & ServicesOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Zumba instructors at IU Health Sports Performance, left to right: Sarah Moore, Josie McKay and Kimberly Hastings

Despite the rising popularity of Zumba, there’s a common refrain that inhibits many would-be students from this dance-fitness format: “I don’t know how to dance.” As a part-time physical therapist who teaches three Zumba classes a week, Kim Hastings has a response to that.  “It’s something anyone can do—even if you don’t have a background in dance or you’re self-conscious about dancing.” Hastings is a former ballroom dancer who incorporates…

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How to Prevent Lawn Mowing Injuries

06/07/2012 | WellnessSafety

Lawn mowers are one of the most dangerous tools we have around our homes as too often children are victims of lawn mowing accidents. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), approximately 9,400 children under age 18 receive emergency care each year for lawn mower-related injuries. While older kids and adolescents are injured more often, about one-fourth of those injuries are to children under age 5. The most common injuries associated with lawn mowing accidents include deep cuts, fractures,…

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Pedestrian Safety: Keep Your Kids Safe While Walking to School


School has started and that means kids are walking to school. Whether its your child’s first time or 100th, after a long summer off it’s important to remind them of some simple safety tips. Set a Good Example It’s easy to jaywalk, run across the street when cars aren’t coming even if the stoplight is red or the crosswalk sign is blinking “Don’t Walk.” But children will quickly pick up on bad habits. Set a good example by following the rules yourself. Show…

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Playing it safe in the summer sun: how to maintain your active lifestyle

07/16/2011 | Exercise

For many, summer means long days filled with sports, outdoor adventures, and family outings. But recent heat advisories in our area and across the country remind us that it’s crucial to make safety a priority when seeking summer fun. Dr. Kevin Gebke, a family and sports medicine physician with Indiana University Health Physicians, urges people to be aware of the warning signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and the life-threatening condition of heatstroke. Heat cramps: Muscular pains and spasms,…

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The C word: Know Before You Go Outside

07/13/2011 | SafetyCancerDermatology

Did you know that just one bad sunburn before the age of 18 can double your chances for cancer? It does. Your skin is like an elephant. It never forgets. Skin cancer, malignant melanoma, is a tumor that starts in your skin cells, which give your hair and skin color. It can spread like a wildfire through your body to your liver, your lungs, eyes, your hands, feet, tongue, feet and brain. It is the second most common cause of cancer in children and teenagers and one of the most common in young adults.…

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Summer Hydration

07/13/2011 | Safety

With the end of July rapidly approaching, the phenomenon of two-a-days for athletes, especially in football, becomes a reality. Combine two demanding practices a day with the hot summer heat and it's a prime recipe for dehydration — a serious issue that must be addressed by players and coaches alike. The best prevention for dehydration, as silly as it sounds, is getting your body hydrated in the first place. A student athlete needs to realize what they do pre-workout is as important as…

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The Dangers of Heat Stroke for Young Athletes

07/12/2011 | WellnessExerciseOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

With summer activities and athletic training programs in full gear it is a good time to talk about safety measures to help people, especially young athletes, avoid heat-related illnesses like cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The recent extreme hot weather that we are seeing in Indiana can make outdoor activities dangerous even if you are taking precautions. Dr. Kevin Gebke. a sports medicine and family physician with IU Health, was interviewed on Indianapolis radio station WIBC about the…

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Never Underestimate the Importance of Stretching

07/06/2011 | WellnessExercise

Exercise is an essential part of everyone's life. But as we perfect our gym routines or build on our walking or running program, there's one big area that's often overlooked. Many times we get so involved and focused on getting on with our training program that we forget to take the time to stretch. It may sound trivial to put so much emphasis on stretching, but this simple act can help you in many ways. We know that preventing injury while training can stem from getting a good stretch…

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Avoiding Summer Sports Injuries

07/01/2011 | SafetyOrthopedics & Sports Medicine

Summer is the time of year for activity. Nearly every sport can be, and is, played in the summer: basketball, baseball, jogging, golf, frisbee, swimming or anything else you can think of. As a result, summer is the time of sports-related injuries as well. Here are some helpful tips for safe summer sports and how to prevent and treat injuries: Drink lots of water. Keeping hydrated is important. In the summer heat it is easy to dehydrate or overheat quickly. Drink ice water and avoid high calorie sports…

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