Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?

Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost

I rarely repost articles written by others, but this one is particularly well-written and particularly appropriate, given the season. The original can be found at: https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-toys-not-tablets-are-best-for-kids Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids Leah Campbell December 11, 2018 How traditional toys like building blocks, dolls, and action figures help children develop in ways… Continue reading Why Toys, Not Touchscreens, Are Better Gifts for Kids: Repost

Siblings of Kids With Autism or ADHD Are at Higher Risk For Both: Study

Later-born siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at elevated risk for both disorders, a new study led by Meghan Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and at the UC Davis MIND Institute, has concluded. The findings were published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The… Continue reading Siblings of Kids With Autism or ADHD Are at Higher Risk For Both: Study

Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

A new study published in the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease finds that mothers’ stress levels at the moment they conceive their children are linked to the way children respond to life challenges at age 11. SFU health sciences professor Pablo Nepomnaschy led an interdisciplinary research team on this first cohort study.… Continue reading Maternal Stress May Lead to Higher Stress in Children Later in Life: Study

Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

A new study conducted among more than 177,000 students suggests that insufficient sleep duration is associated with an unhealthy lifestyle profile among children and adolescents. Results show that insufficient sleep duration was associated with unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast (adjusted odds ratio 1.30), fast-food consumption (OR 1.35) and consuming sweets regularly (OR 1.32).… Continue reading Insufficient Sleep in Kids Associated With Obesity, Poor Diet, Inactivity.

Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Risk factors of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease accumulate in children who have poor aerobic fitness, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The study also found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at… Continue reading Diabetes, Heart Disease and Kids’ Aerobic Fitness: Study

Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD

Since 2000, the rate of diagnosis for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has nearly tripled. In 2000, approximately 1 of every 150 children received a diagnosis of ASD. In 2014, that number had skyrocketed to 1 of every 59 children.   The causes for this increase are a source of argument for many experts. There… Continue reading Obesity Risks and Solutions for Autism and ASD