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In 2013, more than 1.24 million children were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to 14 most common winter recreational activities. Below are statistics and safety tips for the top 5 activities.
Skiing and Snowboarding
As mentioned in an earlier blog this month, snowboarding and skiing are ranked among the highest for TBI related injuries.
Did you know? Approximately 600,000 injuries are reported annually for this recreational activity.
Snow Skiing and Snowboarding Safety Tips
- Never skied or snowboarded before or been awhile since your last adventure? Take lessons by a certified instructor.
- Refrain from skiing or snowboarding alone. Young children should be supervised by a responsible adult. Older children should be accompanied by a friend.
- Wear a helmet. Not all ski facilities require helmets. For the sake of your health, wear one anyway.
- Skiers should wear safety bindings that are adjusted at least every year. Snowboarders should wear gloves with built-in wrist guards. Eye protection or goggles should also be used. To learn about winter sport equipment click here
- Slopes should fit the ability and experience of the skier or snowboarder. When in doubt, enjoy a slope that is one level below your ability. You can always choose a more difficult slope the next round.
Did you know?
Playing sports has physical and psychological benefits. As with everything (including sports) there are risks. Continuing from previous blogs for the month of January regarding TBI awareness, below are some important reminders to remain safe while having fun this winter.
Muscles that haven't been properly warmed up tend to be injured more easily. Warming up can involve light cardiovascular activities such as jumping jacks or a brisk walk.
Did you know? Stretching after a warm-up is more beneficial to your muscles since the tissues are more elastic (flexible). This is due to the increased blood flow to the muscles from an increased heart rate.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
Remember, if you don’t use it you lose it. Regardless if you belong to a professional sports team or not, practicing can enhance your performance and lessen the chance of injury. Shooting a few free throws before a basketball game for instance, can continually train your brain and body to work together and improve your performance.
Avoid Muscle Strain
Although it’s beneficial to practice regularly, don't overdo it. Sudden increases in intensity whether in sports or working out can lead to muscle overuse and injury.
Now that we’ve warmed up and practiced, let’s go over equipment.
What is TBI Sport Awareness?
TBI stands for Traumatic Brain Injury. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, approximately 1.7 million head injuries occur in the United States each year. TBI Winter Sport Awareness month exists because TBI is usually misdiagnosed. Misdiagnosed TBI can lead to severe medical complications or death.
Did you know? Approximately 52,000 people die every year due to TBI.
- A headache that worsens or does not go away within a reasonable amount of time
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Convulsions or seizures
- Inability to awaken from sleep
- Slurred speech
- Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
- Dilated eye pupils
High ranking sports with TBI injuries:
- Over 3.3 million head injuries were reported in seven sports between 2000 and 2011.
- Skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing contained the highest number of head and neck injuries.
- Mountain biking, and snowmobiling contained the lowest numbers.
- Approximately 30% of concussions in extreme sports occurred in snowboarding.
- Snow skiing was associated approximately 25% concussions.
Most sports injuries occur due to the following
Aloha to all!
It’s New Year Resolution time already! Over the years of being healthy, I’ve discovered health doesn’t have to cost a fortune or take excessive amounts of time. With this in mind, I compiled a list of 5 simple resolutions anyone can keep this year!
Weight loss 1 pound per month:
Did you know? Individuals become addicted to simple carbohydrates due to the sharp increase of serotonin levels or the “feel good” effect. The “feel good” effect is short-lived because the elevated mood declines quickly as serotonin levels decline. This rapid decline is also known as a sugar crash. For more weight loss tips click here2. Speaking of healthy habits, try.....
What is the first thing you think of when your child comes home with a sore throat?
Oh no! They’re coming down with a cold!
Did you know? On average, kids under age 3 catch six to eight colds a year.
Why do children catch so many colds? According to Carol J. Baker, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston: "We think that since most children are encountering viruses for the first time, their immune systems aren't able to kill them as quickly as when they encounter them again."
Colds typically last 6 to 14 days. "They're most contagious during the first three days of symptoms, but you can still catch a cold from someone who's had it for two weeks," explains David Jaffe, M.D., director of emergency medicine at St. Louis Children's Hospital.
- Sore Throat. First sign of a cold, can last approximately 5 to 9 days.
- Cough. Can linger up to 3 weeks after the cold has passed.
- Runny Nose. Can begin between day 1-3 and last up to 14 days.
- Fever. Typical temperatures of 101 to 103 degrees F for the first two or three days can be considered normal. Any fever can be dangerous to small children, don’t hesitate to call your pediatrician.
- Catching a cold is by getting the virus on your hands and then touching your nose or eyes.
We are sad to report George passed away on January 1, 2019. George was approximately 14 years old. His death was confirmed by Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources.
A little about George
Formally known as Achatinella apexfulva, the 14-year-old Hawaiian tree snail was the last of his kind on Earth. Yes my friends, this snail is officially extinct.
As the last known Achatinella apexfulva, George resided alone in a terrarium at Hawaii's Department of Land and Natural Resources snail lab in Kailua, Oahu, with 30 other snail species near extinction.
George’s Home Life
George was born at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in the early 2000’s. Other siblings to George were born, but only George survived. George’s parents, along with the last 10 known remaining Hawaiian snails, were collected near Oahu's Poamoho trail in 1997.
For over a decade, researchers unsuccessfully searched for another member of George’s species for repopulation.
Young and old alike, we all have the desire to enjoy good health. For those just starting their Noni journey, below is a brief overview of why we produce our Organic Noni products the way we do as well as how to use them. When it comes to Noni Fruit, potency is key.
Our Journey with Noni Fruit Leather and Noni Lotions:
Over the years, customers ask “Why do you not make a powered capsule of Noni?” The answer is always the same: “Heat destroys enzymes and beneficial compounds in the raw pulp which destroys the potency.“ When I present my “Noni: Fact and Fiction” lecture at medical conventions, etc., I begin with the question: “Is Noni a miracle? No. Does Noni heal? Absolutely, if you do not destroy the potency of the pulp in processing.“
The material to be freeze dried is first steamed at 140 F to sterilize or kill all the “bad pathogens” – which also kills all the good enzymes, etc.
We found that commercial dehydration units, dry at 140 F to make a powder. Same result – high heat destroys the beneficial enzymes and evaporates compounds.
The raw pulp is discarded and the remaining liquid is pasteurized at high heat.
Did you know? Scientifically, one loses 50% of the value of an apple when juicing if the pulp is discarded.
The same applies to Noni. The worst case scenario for Noni is to let the raw fruit ferment only to be juiced and pasteurized. Almost all the potency of the raw fruit is destroyed.
The national child obesity rate is an alarming 19%. With summer coming to a close and the school year starting, teaching your children healthy eating habits can help your children (or teen) maintain a healthy weight and now and to adulthood.
Try to make mealtimes enjoyable and stress free. Meal times are not a time for arguing or discipline. Unpleasant mealtimes could cause children to eat quickly to leave the room as soon as possible. This could lead your child to associate eating with stress. Also, try to have specific eating areas in the home as allowing food throughout the house can lead to unhealthy eating habits.
Did you know? Eating in front of the T.V. can cause you to consume 30% more calories.
Native to Southeast Asia, the white-rumped shama (Copsychus Malabaricus) gained popularity as a songbird/caged pet. Formerly classified as a member of the thrush family, the white-rumped shama actually belongs in the muscicapidae family.
Did you know? The muscicapidae are small insectivores who catch their prey “on the wing”.
The white-rumped shama typically weighs between 1-1.2 oz and are 9–11 in long. Their long tail enables the white-rumped shama to change direction at a moment's notice. Males have a glossy black nape and back with a chestnut belly and white feathers on the rump (hence the name) while females are greyish-brown.