- Palpitations/tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
- Gastrointestional upset
- Chest pan/ischemia
- Dizziness/syncope (fainting)
- Paraesthesia (altered sensation)
- Respiratory distress
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
“He was a guy you couldn’t stop gushing about,” Coach Tierney told Lax Magazine in an interview last year. “What a great player this kid was.”
“When my Dad told me the news, he was very positive about it. It was very comforting to know how good it was that we caught it that early,” Drew told me over the phone.
“I would miss classes on Mondays occasionally, especially later in the treatment when the nausea was worse,” Drew commented.
“The week leading up to those scans was the most uncomfortable week I felt throughout the whole experience of not being able to play, and that includes being diagnosed with cancer and going through chemotherapy. Because, essentially, [the scan] was going to determine whether or not I would ever be able to run again.”
“It was surreal. During warm-ups, I was just looking around and realizing what I was about to do after what I had been through the past years. It was just so exciting to be playing instead of watching,” Drew said.
“Every time I started feeling sorry for myself, I would start thinking about Tommy [Mallon] and his neck injury. I have seen friends go through things like this,” said Drew. “I did my chemo at the local children’s hospital and saw children taking chemo at ages 4 and 5. I would think about those kids going through worse diseases than me, and say if they could do it then so can I.”
“We feel good about [tomorrow]. Once you get this far it is really anybody’s game,” said Drew about DU’s chances against the #1 team in Syracuse.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
- Ergogenic aids
- Prescription drugs
- Over-the-counter drugs (OTCs)
- Recreational and street drugs
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
- When helping your child improve their performance the first option should always be to adapt the daily diet through natural food intake rather than supplements. The body can more effectively use naturally occurring ingredients as opposed to synthetic ones. Nutritional recommendations are beyond the scope of this post, but finding a local sports nutritionist may useful in some situations.
- Dietary supplements are not clearly regulated through third-party verification to assure purity. Safety cannot be assumed because they are sold over-the-counter and in some cases athletes may risk unknowingly ingesting a banned substance.
- Be aware of the resources available that can help you understand the actual dietary analysis of any dietary supplement that your child may use. A list of resources is available in the appendix of the position statement. Utilizing these resources will help ensure the safety, purity and efficacy of a given substance.
- If you are a parent that who likes to do research on your own be careful when looking at efficacy data regarding any given supplement since an overwhelming majority of it is done by the company who produces the supplement. This potential conflict of interest may result in misleading efficacy information regarding that particular dietary supplement.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
If you are the parent of a child who participates in
organized sports at their high school you want to know who is taking care of
your kid from a health and safety standpoint.
A4IA (and other research) has shown that person should be an athletic
trainer. If your child’s school already
employs an athletic trainer then that is good news for your child, your school,
all of the other student athletes. This
is also good news all of the student athletes from other schools that come to
your school for some type of game or competition who will have access to a
medical professional if the need arises.
If your child’s school does not employ an athletic trainer then as a
parent you should be not asking, but demanding that the school find a way to
have an athletic trainer available for all student athletes.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
- Formalize and implement a comprehensive lightning-safety policy or emergency action plan (EAP).
- Designate and locate primary choices for a safe location in the event of a lightning strike.
- Designate and locate secondary choices for a safe location in the event of lightning strike.
- Seek a safe structure or location at the first sign of lightning or thunder activity.
- Postpone or suspend activity if a thunderstorm appears imminent before or during an activity or contest regardless of whether lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
- Suspended activities should only be resumed if 30 minutes have passed since the last sound of thunder or lightning flash.
- Avoid being in contact with, or in proximity to the highest point of an open field or on the open water.
- Avoid taking showers and using plumbing facilities and land-line telephones. If a phone must be used in an emergency cell phones are safer.
- Assume the lightning safe position if you feel your hair stand on end or your skin tingle. Do not lie flat on the ground.
- Know the appropriate first aid procedures for a lightning strike victim.