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Sports Physicals

Just as professional sports stars need medical care to keep them playing their best, so do teenage athletes. You can give yourself the same edge as the pros by making sure you have your sports physical.

Orthopedic Surgeons Offer Tips To Prevent Scooter-Related Injuries

The popular new version of the foot-propelled scooter has taken the U.S. market by storm. They are lightweight and can be folded for easy portability. As sales soar, so do the injuries related to scooters.
Source: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons,

Concussions Linked to Depression

A new study shows sports-related concussions can affect a person psychologically

A Guide to Eating for Sports

You've prepared for the game in almost every way possible: but now what should you eat? Check out this article to learn more about nutritional supplements, dehydration, performance foods, and more.

Group Warns Of Soccer Head Injuries

As children across America put on their shin guards and head to the fields, the Institute of Medicine is reminding parents that soccer can be dangerous, leading to concussions and other head injuries.

Pat Tillman Turns Down $3.6 mil

NFL player Pat Tillman is turning down $3.6 million, and the glamour of professional football, to try out for a new job: Army Ranger, which pays $18,000 per year. (Last year, he turned down a $9 million, five-year offer from the Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams so he could stay with the perennially losing Cardinals for less money.) Perhaps best of all, Tillman has rejected all media requests for an interview about his decision to quit football to try to make the elite special forces unit.
Source: The Fox News Story,,2933,57192,00.html

Heading In Soccer: Acceptable Risk Or Cause For Concern?

Anyone who plays soccer (or cares about people who do) should pay close attention to a recent study of Dutch soccer professionals soon to be published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology. It found "cognitive shortcomings" among soccer players who struck the ball with their heads (called "heading") more frequently than those who "headed" less often.


Streetball on West 4th - The Best Game in Town

The basketball court at West 4th, in New York City, has long been a haven for tough, competitive streetball. The court is tiny — some fast breaks end after three or four dribbles, give or take a step. A cage surrounds the concrete, and everything in between is in play.

Games to Play Together, Not Against Each Other

Family Pastimes makes games and puzzles to play as friends, not as enemies. Their games foster the spirit of cooperation. Players help each other climb a mountain, make a community, bring in the harvest, complete a space exploration. They are never against each other.

Let's take an example... A simple, common party game for socializing youngsters illustrates our point. Musical Chairs fosters aggression and elimination. Played cooperatively, you will see how hugging replaces pushing, how ability and strength are used to help rather than push out of the way.

People of different ages and abilities should be able to pay side by side, each making their best contribution. In a cooperative game, someone young and little can play with others older and bigger and not worry about being wiped out. We are all there at the end of it.

Some Cautions... We don't protect children from not making it to the summit or completing the space voyage. Their games are designed to offer realistic challenges. But the cultural habit of competing and confronting adversaries runs deep. Some players end up fighting the game itself. We suggest that you'll get better results learning how to get along with Time, Winter, Gravity and Mountains rather than fighting them.

Aside from all these serious considerations, some people just want to share an enjoyable and challenging time with friends. We feel that cooperative games will prove to be that friendly form of fun.

The Challenge... In sum, games are used in various settings and for various reasons. Socialization, entertainment, academic learning, character growth, etc. Whatever your objective, we invite you to realize them by cooperative means. Parents and teachers trying to teach children to share, be kind to living things, and help others out often are troubled by games and recreation programs which undermine these values. Our games provide the opportunity to experience sharing and caring behavior. We simply don't have enough of such experiences. Games start for three year olds. Available from Family Pastimes, RR4, Perth, Ontario, Canada K7H 3C6, 613.267.4819 or E-Mail

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