Sports can be a rewarding experience for both the athlete and the parents raising them. It can also come with its fair share of challenges. The Play Healthy KC Podcast brings in pediatric-trained specialists from the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center to discuss comprehensive care techniques for student-athletes including training, mental therapy and nutrition—so they can be better prepared for a lifetime of sport participation.
Episode 5: Water and Hydration
Despite the commonly known importance of water in our bodies, many athletes do not seriously consider the effects of hydration during and after athletic performance. Sometimes referred to as the hidden nutrient, water is involved in the majority of chemical reactions that occur in an athlete's body around athletic performance.
Our guest for this episode is a clinical nutrition specialist IV at Children’s Mercy, Lora Edwards, MEd, RD, LD, CSSD holds a board certification in sports dietetics. Lora talks us through the importance of water for athletes and how to be hydrated before, during and after physical activity to achieve their maximal physical performance.
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Episode 4: Returning to a Life of Structure
Athletes are praised for their time management skills. Their lifestyle requires it. Balancing practice, training, conditioning, academics, social lives, etc., athletes have to be organized and structured. Yet, COVID changed all that and for some of our athletes their axis was altered. Instead of busy schedules, athletes found themselves with a lot of free time. Now, with fall sports revving up, our athletes are being asked to return to that lifestyle. Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center's sports mental therapist Becky Wiseman, LCSW, LSCSW offers advice and tips to help athletes and their parents make this pivot in a healthy way.
Episode 3: Concussions in Sport
Concussions can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, or when an athlete simply trips or falls to the ground during a game. According to Brian Harvey, DO from the Sports Medicine Center at Children's Mercy, the first step for any athlete with a suspected concussion should be immediate removal from play for the remainder of the day, and until cleared by a medical professional. Recognizing the symptoms of concussion can help protect your student-athlete from further complications. Here is more information about concussions - the symptoms, treatments and return to play protocols.
Episode 2: Heat Illness in Sport
Extremely high temperatures put athletes at an increased risk for heat illness and knowing the steps for prevention can help keep your athlete safe. Dr. Jay Roberson, a sports medicine physician at the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center, indicates during the podcast that heat illness is completely preventable, so knowing and acting on the steps is so important.
Here is more information from the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center regarding keeping athletes safe in the heat:
Dr. Roberson also mentioned the work of the Kory Stringer Institute during the podcast and that information can be found here.
Episode 1: Performance Anxiety in Sport
Sometimes described as "having the butterflies," anxiety and worry can become big performance problems for young competitive athletes. These performance anxieties can compound over time and create a variety of negative physical and mental issues for the athlete. Today sports mental therapist Becky Wiseman, LSCSW, LCSW from Children's Mercy's Sports Medicine Center will dive deeper into performance anxiety and offer coping mechanisms for athletes, parents and coaches around excessive worrying and fearing the future when it comes to sport.