August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Awareness month. SMA is a genetic disease that attacks nerve cells, called motor neurons, in your spinal cord. These neurons communicate with your voluntary muscles – the ones you can control, like in your arms and legs. As you lose the neurons, your muscles weaken. This can affect walking, crawling, breathing, swallowing and head and neck control.
The summer heat has a way of sending regular exercisers out of the gym and into the pool. Known for being joint friendly, swimming is a great way to cool off while being active and is beneficial for all ages. Those wanting a serious caloric burn can easily meet their goals in the water, however, as with land based exercises, good form is key to preventing injury. While swimming is considered a low impact exercise, improper stroke mechanics can lead to neck pain, stiffness, and soreness.
Summer is a great time for kids get outside and be active. Regular play as well as training for fall school sports keeps kids busy and provides exercise. While fun is the main goal, safety should also be a concern. Many popular outdoor activities pose a potential risk for brain injury if helmets are not worn. Brain injuries are caused by bumps or blows to the head. These injuries are sometimes called concussions or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and can range from mild to severe.
What is more enjoyable than diving into a cold swimming pool on a hot summer day? What seems like a simple and fun activity can actually lead to a traumatic injury. According to ABC News approximately 6,500 children a year are admitted to an emergency room for diving related injuries.