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KC Youth Hockey is pleased to announce a 3 year sponsorship agreement with HCA Midwest Health for the 2016, 2017, & 2018 seasons.  HCA will be providing several services to KCYHA families & athletes including Athletic Trainers at checking games (Bantam and High School ages), baseline concussion testing at a reduced rate, post injury testing, and educational programs for parents and coaches.

Common Cold vs. The Flu

Common Cold vs. The Flu

You’re not feeling well, but how do you know whether it’s a cold or the flu?

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Every year, five to 20 percent of Americans are expected to get the flu (influenza). That’s a lot, especially since there is a flu vaccine that has a high chance of preventing the flu. Our medical experts at HCA Midwest Health bring you the lowdown on this year’s flu predictions and what you need to know to stay well.

What is the flu and how is it different from the common cold? Is it really that serious?

Expert answer: The flu is very serious. It’s a major killer around the world. On the outside, it differs from a cold because of the severity of its symptoms – it leads to high fevers, body aches and respiratory symptoms. Something else that makes the flu really dangerous is while the immune system is busy fighting it off, other issues can sneak in. Many times, when you read about deaths from the flu, they are deaths resulting from bacterial pneumonia that starts after the flu, when your body is already weak.

How do I know if I have the flu or a cold?

Expert answer: Initially when the flu starts it can seem like a cold – a runny nose and all over “yucky” feeling. But, within a couple of days, it can become a lot worse and bring muscle pains, a spike in fever and coughing. Children (and some adults) with the flu may also have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Use your best judgement and get to the doctor as soon as possible if you suspect you have the flu.

Common Mistakes Young Athletes Make While Conditioning

Common Mistakes Young Athletes Make While Conditioning

by Jon Schultz, MD, sports medicine physician, Overland Park Regional Medical Center

  1. Wrong fuel = poor performance

Many young athletes either don't eat breakfast or eat the wrong thing for breakfast.  They may even skip lunch.  Don't forget "breakfast" literally remains "to break a fast ".  This means after sleeping all night the body is craving appropriate nutrition.  Not eating or eating too many simple sugars and not enough protein and healthy fats is a recipe for poor athletic performances.  Eating foods rich in protein, like eggs, and healthy fats, like whole milk or lean meats, will allow the athlete to be well-prepared nutritionally for future events.

  1. Lifting too much weight, too soon, too fast, and with poor technique.

Lifting the proper amount of weight, the proper number of times, with good technique will ensure fewer injuries and establish life-long exercise habits.  Lifting to muscle fatigue or failure is fine, as long as EACH lift is done with perfect technique EVERY time.  Be patient, consistent, and focused, and the strength will come!

  1. Keep things simple.

For example, if you want stronger legs, squat!  If you want more explosiveness from your legs, jump! If you want more strength to improve or refine a sports-specific technique, copy that move in the weight room.  Practice makes perfect, but perfect practice makes perfection!

  1. Sleep.

Enough said!  If you need ideas on how to sleep better, the internet is full of them!  Again, keep it simple.  For example, no huge energy drinks full of sugar and caffeine after 3 p.m.

  1. If something is hurting, it’s hurting for a reason!

Learn to listen to your body, and it will tell you amazing things.  If something hurts acutely, STOP!  Use ice and ask for help from your coach, athletic trainer, parent, or teammate.  If something hurts for more than three days, ask for help!  Don’t let injuries sideline you for longer than is necessary.

  1. Use your heart rate to guide the intensity of your workouts.

For simplicity’s sake, 220-age=maximal heart rate.  Working out at a submaximal heartrate (85 percent of max heart rate) for prolonged periods increases the risk of injury.  No heart rate monitor?  If you can talk while exercising, you are in a good zone.  Once talking becomes more difficult, you are nearing your submaximal heart rate.

Jon Schultz, MD, has more than 20 years of sports medicine experience with athletes of all ages. He specializes in diagnostic and therapeutic musculoskeletal ultrasound.

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