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The Importance of Sports Physicals

Susan Park, M.D., sports medicine specialist with Renown Medical Group

If your child is playing sports in Washoe County schools he or she will be required to get a sports physical prior to participation. These sports physicals are a great way to help ensure your child’s safety while they stay active and involved in sports.

During a typical sports physical, a doctor will go over the following:

  • Height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and vision
  • Medical history, including family history and past injuries
  • Physical exam

The ultimate goal of the physical is to make sure kids are safe while they are being active.

  • Reviewing illnesses such as asthma or a previous mononucleosis infection can help your doctor identify any possible risk factors that may be associated with sports activity.
  • Children are more susceptible to brain injury because a child’s brain is still developing, so it is important to make your doctor aware of any past concussions. In this case, by carefully examining your child after an injury, a doctor can help ensure your athlete is ready to safely get back to their sport.
  • Family health history is also important, especially regarding a history of sudden cardiac death.

After completing the history and exam, your doctor may clear your child for full participation or recommend further evaluation prior to clearance. Be patient with this process as the health and safety of your child is the main priority.

Finally, please do not forget the form from the school district to be signed. Remember to fill out the history portion prior to your visit. We look forward to getting your athlete ready for the season.

To schedule your child’s sports physical contact Renown Medical Group at 775-982-5000. Read this article for some great tips on how to help your kids avoid sports injuries.

Gearing up for Back to School

Leah Nelson, Marketing Business Partner

As a parent of two elementary school children (and the wife of a teacher), I’m sure I’m like many parents who get swept up and even stressed out about getting the kids ready to head back to school. I’ve got a to-do list as long as my arm and I am not sure where to start first.

  • Back to school shopping – school supplies and clothes
  • Summer homework or projects
  • Class schedules
  • Before/after school schedules
  • Teacher meetings

And that’s not even mentioning the challenge I have ahead of getting my kids back on schedule to go to bed on time and wake up earlier for school - that’s a whole other blog post!

Mentally, I also have to prepare myself for my own back-to-school schedule. It’s back to packing lunches, driving the kids to school, enforcing homework time, reminding my daughter she “can’t wear that to school!” and  telling my son that  yes, he “really does have to eat breakfast every morning.

I’ve learned a few lessons over the years, such as starting an earlier bedtime routine about a week before school actually starts and leaving the kids at home when buying school supplies – otherwise I’d end up with a handful of Justin Bieber notebooks and pink glitter pencils!

The most important lesson I’ve learned though, is to talk to other parents – see how they deal with the back-to-school battle and get any tips they might be able or willing to share. It’s also healthy just to know that you’re not alone in feeling overwhelmed!

Let’s hear your back to school stories. Share your tips or tricks in the comments section below.

Childhood Phobias: Part 1 – Fear vs. Phobia

Understanding the difference between a childhood fear and a phobia.Kristen Davis-Coelho, Ph.D.
Psychologist Renown Behavioral Health

Fears are a common part of childhood. But in approximately 5% of children, this fear progresses into a “phobia.” As a parent, how can you tell if your child’s fear is normal or is a phobia? Read more

Children & Swallowed Objects

Advice for when your child has swallowed an object..John Swanson MD, FACEP
Medical Director Renown Children’s Hospital ER

As a parent, keeping the house safe for your child is always a priority. With your kid’s curious and adventurous antics however, it’s not uncommon for your child to find themselves in a sticky situation. In the US, 100,000 cases of foreign body ingestion (swallowed objects) are reported each year and the majority is with children between six months and three years old. At Renown Health, we see children weekly that have swallowed a foreign object. Read more

Managing Children’s Behavior

Jaime Gardner, MD, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Renown Behavioral Health

Learn the difference between negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement, and punishment.Using appropriate behavioral approaches with our children is very important for their healthy development. It creates the feeling of safety by setting limits, it educates our children about appropriate and desired behavior and, when done right, it can promote self esteem. 

Read more

Event: Party on the Patio

A celebration of grand parents who are caregivers for their grandchildren.More and more grandparents are taking care of their grandkids. Recent US Census Bureau statistics show more than two million of our nation’s families are maintained by grandparents who have one or more of their grandchildren living with them. That’s an increase of 19 percent since 1990. Read more

Summer Health Hazards: Bites & Stings

Buzzzzzz… smack. OUCH! Unfortunately bee stings and bug bites are not an uncommon occurrence during the summer. Warm weather activities like outdoor barbecues, camping and hiking are all a welcome invitation for some of our least favorite critters to crash the party. Read more

Sunscreen Use for Kids

"Dr. Wicks" "Chelsea Wicks MD"

Chelsea Wicks, M.D., Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

Now that we’re in the midst of summer, I think it’s a good time to remind parents about using sunscreen for their kids. This has become a controversial issue as some parents are concerned about the chemicals in the sunscreen being absorbed by the skin as well as the risk of decreasing Vitamin D absorption. Read more

6 Simple Nutrition Tips for Teens

Stephen Compston
Registered Dietitian with Renown Health Management Services

Healthy eating tips for teens.

There is a simple way to optimize your health now and for the future: eating healthy!

As a teen, you are developing habits for the rest of your life. It is crucial for you to be eating properly due to your high rate of growth and development. An average teenage girl needs between 1,800-2,200 calories daily, while an average teenage boy needs 2,200-2,700 calories daily just to ensure proper growth.

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Traveling with your Baby

Tips for traveling with your baby.

Summer means vacations and road trips for a lot of people in Northern Nevada, but traveling for the first time with your baby can be somewhat overwhelming. With the proper planning and a checklist it will go much smoother than you may anticipate. 

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