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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.