Keep Your Young Athlete Safe During Summer Training

From the Show: Train Your Body
Summary: Summer sports can be a fun experience for your kids. However, the heat can be dangerous.
Air Date: 7/16/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Michael F. Bergeron, PhD, FACSM
Michael BergeronMichael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the Executive Director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children's Health Research Center. He has been internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health.

Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women's Tennis Association) professional tour medical services.

Dr. Bergeron has worked with numerous youth, collegiate, and professional athletes on appropriately and safely enhancing athletic capacity and resilience by providing individualized and sport-specific training and nutrition/hydration guidance, with a particular emphasis on preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat and helping athletes to avoid exertional heat illness and injury.
Keep Your Young Athlete Safe During Summer Training
Is your child involved in a summer baseball, soccer or football camp?

These summer team sports can be fun and a valuable learning experience for your kids.

However, the heat and sun can drain your child of energy and hydration, especially if the coaches are especially hard on them and require two-a-day workouts. This can leave your kids susceptible to dangerous health concerns such as sunstroke, heatstroke and dehydration.

Fortunately there are steps you can take as a parent to protect your young athletes. Join Dr. Michael F. Bergeron for the best ways to keep your child safe while participating in summer team sports.