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It’s that time of year…FLU SEASON!! We had a lot of athletes out last season with the Flu, Strep, Mono, etc. Please make sure your helping with athlete stay healthy by following some of these helpful tips below:
Five Fast Tips to Help Your Athlete Strike Out the Flu
By Harley Rotbart, MD
Five prevention tips
So what can you do to help keep your superstar in the game and off the sidelines? Here are five fast tips to help keep the flu at bay.
Vaccinate! The first step in protecting against the flu is to get the flu vaccine. If you haven’t already done so this year, it’s not too late to get everyone in your family vaccinated. The CDC recommends that all healthy children, over the age of six months, get vaccinated. Not sure where to go? Visit this easy-to-use online flu vaccine locator at http://flushot.healthmap.org/.
No sharing! I know, I know … you’ve been trying for years to get your kids to share. But it’s not a good idea during flu season. Germs that cause colds and flu are easily spread, as they can survive on surfaces for up to 72 hours. Insist that your kids only use their own water bottles, and don’t borrow an already opened one from a teammate. And in case a friend runs out of water, pack a few extra disposable bottles in your kid’s equipment bag. (See, they can share after all!).Boys shaking hands with basketball in background
Look Ma, No Hands! While the high-five hand slap is a longstanding celebratory tradition, suggest that your player try a hands-free version. Foot taps or a leaping shoulder-to-shoulder bump are equally fun and much safer since they lower the chance of passing along germs. And when they line up to shake hands with the opposition after the game, an elbow bump is much better than a palm slap. Just to be extra safe, keep a bottle of alcohol hand sanitizer in your kids’ sports bag for them to use after the game – whether they’ve high-fived or not.
Wipe It Up! Using an EPA-registered disinfectant to wipe down hard surfaces and plastic equipment like hockey sticks, face masks and shin guards will help kill viruses and bacteria. You can also donate canisters of disinfecting wipes to your child’s coach or trainer so that they have them handy to use as well. Many coaches use their own money for supplies, so a flu season care package with hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and tissues will be greatly appreciated!
Creative Coughing and Musical Washing! While you certainly want your child to “cover up” when coughing or sneezing, viruses cling tightly to bare hands. Teach kids to cough or sneeze into their elbow. When they get home, especially before their snack, make sure they wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds…or the time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
Other prevention tips
Off the field, a number of factors can lessen the likelihood that your all-star will be knocked out by the flu. Most important are a healthy diet of nutritious food (rich in vitamin C), good hydration, plenty of sleep, and bundling up to fit the weather (yes, Grandma was right!). If their bodies are weary or chilled, they are much more vulnerable to illness – but the right food, proper clothing, hydration and rest can help strengthen the immune system.
Take charge. Coach your kids to follow these tips so their sports seasons are less likely to be disrupted by the flu.
Harley Rotbart, M.D., is a nationally-renowned parenting expert, pediatrician, speaker and educator. He serves on the advisory boards of Parents Magazine and Parents.com, and previously was a member of the advisory board of Children’s Health Magazine. Dr. Rotbart has been named to Best Doctors in America every year since 1996, and has received numerous other national awards for research, teaching and clinical work. He is the author of: No Regrets Parenting; Germ Proof Your Kids; and, The On Deck Circle of Life, as well as more than 175 medical and scientific publications. Dr. Rotbart is currently working with Clorox to share tips for preventing the flu.
SERC Physical Therapy is here for Invasion Volleyball’s sports medicine needs!
SERC offers FREE injury screens for your athlete, no insurance or copay needed. Call ahead to make your appointment and we will do everything we can to get you scheduled the same day.
The screen is a 10 –15 minute evaluation by one of their physical therapists who specialize in sports musculoskeletal injuries. After your screen, the physical therapists can recommend a specialist physician for further evaluation; get you set up for physical therapy; or give you home exercises and treatment options, depending on what your injury needs are. And if an injury happens outside of our clinic hours, see below for the therapists who will be on call for you during nights and weekends. Hope you have a healthy and successful season!
ATTENTION: PLEASE USE YOUR BEST JUDGMENT WHEN MAKING THE DECISION TO DRIVE DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER.
Parents, Players, and Coaches need to use their best judgment when deciding to drive to/from practices during inclement weather. The safety of our Invasion family is more important than getting to a volleyball practice. That being said, our facilities rarely close for bad weather so unless you hear differently all practices will continue as scheduled. Please contact your coach beforehand if you will be missing a session and if you have any questions regarding cancellations.
***No player will be penalized if they cannot attend a session due to the weather.
All Invasion Coaches, Team Reps, and Chaperones will be required to complete the USA Volleyball SafeSport Training Course this season. This is not mandated through USAV; however, Invasion will be requiring anyone who is in regular contact with our players to complete this course prior to the beginning of the 2016-2017 season.
USA Volleyball & SafeSport
Committed to Safety for All Participants
The safety of its participants is of paramount importance to USA Volleyball. USA Volleyball has ZERO TOLERANCE for abuse and misconduct.
This includes not only on-court safety, but also off-court safety in any part of USA Volleyball’s programs. USA Volleyball is committed to creating safe and fun environments for youth. This includes, but not limited to, providing training, educational materials and resources for our regions, clubs, coaches, parents and athletes.
Make the Commitment
Want to make sport safer? One in four girls and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18 – and with 44 million kids under the age of 18 participating in sport, we have an opportunity to change the odds.
USA Volleyball SafeSport Handbook Click the following to download: http://media.wix.com/ugd/e49c1e_e8bb1737ec5c435ba914eeefb0c5981c.pdf
USA Volleyball has developed a SafeSport Handbook, intended to be a central location for all of the policies and procedures that are designed to protect its youth participants from all types of misconduct and abuse. It also includes information and education for adults on how to be proactive, to recognize areas of concern and signs of abuse.
This SafeSport Handbook includes the various Policies that apply to all USA Volleyball Member Programs and address the following areas:
• Sexual Abuse
• Physical Abuse
• Emotional Abuse
• Bullying, Threats and Harassment
By combining all of these elements into a comprehensive SafeSport Program, USA Volleyball is working toward creating the safest possible environment for participation in the sport of volleyball.
USA Volleyball requires the reporting of sexual misconduct by or of any member and strongly encourages reporting of any concerns related to SafeSport. USA Volleyball appreciates your willingness to report inappropriate behavior.
Out of respect for the importance of this issue and to encourage honest and effective reporting, knowingly making a false or vindictive report will not be tolerated and may be a violation of USA Volleyball’s Code of Conduct.
TO REPORT ABUSE:
Call 1-855-306-7775; email email@example.com
CLICK HERE FOR SAFESPORT TRAINING: https://training.teamusa.org/store/details/1