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A Guide to Eating for Sports: Teens

Do energy drinks and nutrition bars boost your athletic performance or power of concentration? Learn the facts that will help you make smart choices.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Energy Drinks– What You Need to Know!- (PDF)

If you are drinking something that advertises itself as an Energy Drink, you are probably helping yourself to a hefty dose of stimulants. Learn the difference between a sports/electrolyte drink and an "Energy" drink.

Review Date: January 30, 2013

United States Anti-Doping Agency

High School Sports Injuries

When a high school athlete is injured, it is best to err on the side of caution in allowing the student to return to the game or practice. Read this page to learn about the factors involved in deciding when to have the injured child return to sports.

Review Date: March 25, 2013

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Learn to Prevent & Recognize Concussions

This tool kit teaches coaches, athletes, and parents to play it safe when it comes to a concussion, a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head.

Review Date: December 11, 2012

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - NCIPC
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Performance-Enhancing Drugs: Know the Risks

Take the time to learn about the potential benefits, the health risks and the many unknowns regarding so-called performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, human growth hormone, diuretics, and stimulants.

Review Date: March 09, 2011

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Socks: Hosiery - Essential Equipment for the Athlete

This article discusses the role of socks in preventing injury to the athlete and in enhancing his/her performance.

Review Date: February 12, 2013

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine

Sports Injuries

This booklet describes the different types of sports injuries, how they can be treated and prevented, and recent treatment advances from research.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

Sports Physicals

Most states require that kids and teens have a preparticipation physical examination (PPE) before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn't required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

The Nemours Foundation