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Looking for a fun gift for the athletes, coaches and sports fans in your life? How about an ornament for the tree? We have ornaments from all the sports the kids have played plus their favorite pro and college teams. Honestly, I think I may have to put up a tree dedicated to sports this year.

If you are looking for ornaments from any of your favorite professional or college teams, take a look at Fanatics first. They have the largest selection of sports team related home decor and ornaments that I have found yet.


Here are a few more from Amazon:

SWIM Ornament

Swimmer – Female Personalized Christmas Ornament

Rhythmic Gymnast Christmas Ornament

Kickin’ It Soccer Ornament

Girls Just Wanna Play Field Hockey

Girl Volleyball Ornament

Girl Tennis Player Sports Christmas Ornament

Girl Dribbling Basketball Ornament

Girls Just Wanna Play Softball

Gymnastics Girl Personalized Christmas Ornament

Hello Kitty Ice Skating Christmas Ornament

Vintage Ice Skates Christmas Ornament

Cheerleader Shoe and Pom Pom Ornament

You can also find cute sports ornaments at:

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Nov
13

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Opportunity

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Are you a student athlete who wants to win $20,000 towards your college education? Or are you a coach or official that knows a student athlete who deserves to be rewarded? Visit the Foot Locker Scholar Athlete page at DoSomething.org for details. 

From the website: The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors athletes for demonstrating excellence in school, on their sports team, and in their communities. This is an award where we celebrate YOU–not necessarily because you scored the winning touchdown or goal–but because sports have helped you grow into a strong leader in your community. 

I’m sure you know an athlete that has strong leadership skills on and off the field! And they have 20 of the scholarships to give out. Nominate someone today.

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Aug
16

Praise for More Concussion Education

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With two athletes in high school now I am so happy to know that our high school and state have placed a priority on concussion awareness and education in all sports at the high school level. I was at the school earlier this week for fall sports night – a night where ALL fall athletes and their parents must attend to get information from the administration on academic eligibility, expectations and concussion awareness.  Every athlete in the school from the cheerleaders to the swimmers to the cross country runners to the football players and everyone in between must go through the ImPACT test when they first join the team so there is baseline data on every athlete in the event they suffer a head injury.

What is the ImPACT test?  From the ImPACT website:

ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is the first, most-widely used, and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT was developed to provide useful information to assist qualified practitioners in making sound return to play decisions following concussions.

If you have a student athlete who does a “non-impact” sport, you may not think that concussion education is important, but according to our school’s principal, the first athlete they had to retest following a head injury was not a football player or a soccer player, it was SWIMMER who had stood up in the locker room after a hard race and passed out immediately hitting her head on a counter top as she fell. My son also suffered a head injury this spring while swimming when he misjudged the wall and ended up with five stitches in his forehead (no concussion though).  So, really, you just never know and having that baseline data is just so important for managing a head injury when it occurs.

Did you know that 90% of concussion occur without the loss of consciousness? Did you know that the effects of a second and third injury have compounding repercussions if the initial injury is not completely healed? 

When in doubt, as a parent or a coach, if you have an athlete that has sustained ANY LEVEL of head injury – with or without the loss of consciousness – sit them out and get them evaluated! There are more important things in life than playing hurt. 

While it is great to see high schools, colleges and professional sports leagues taking concussion education and monitoring seriously, I would encourage pediatricians offices and/or youth sports leagues to offer baseline testing as well. 

For more information on concussions in youth sports, concussion education and concussion testing, see the following articles:

Categories : Injuries, Resources
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