Preventing Sports Injuries in Kids

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The parents watched as their 9 year old daughter weaved through the opposing players and scored another goal. Everyone in the stands started cheering and their daughter’s teammates crowded around her to celebrate. Later in the game, their daughter collapsed in pain as she grabbed her ankle. The parents ran out of the stands to go see her. Their daughter had severely sprained her ankle…

Just as the Doctor Ordered

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

Having just come home from the doctor’s office, mom gives some antibiotics to her sick son. Her son takes the first dose, makes a face, and says, “It tastes awful! I am not taking any more!” The mom promises her son that he can stop taking the medicine just as soon as he is better. After a few days of cajoling, convincing, and bribing, her…

The Good of Flu Shots

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

“Mommy! My head feels hot and my legs hurt. I don’t feel good,” said the little girl. Her mother rushed over and found that her daughter was spiking a fever even though she was fine earlier in the day. A day later, the little girl had chills, a sore throat, and a hacking cough. Her pediatrician confirmed that she had the flu. The mother wished…

Sports Physicals and a Medical Home

by: Dan Florell, Ph.D.

The mother was making a list of tasks that her children needed to complete before the start of the school year. There were the usual tasks of summer readings to complete, buying school supplies and getting clothes for her quickly growing teens. In addition, she needed to get sports physicals for all of her teens. The schools had really emphasized that the physicals needed to…

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