#80 Title:

Easy Pediatrics: Kids and Sports

Coach: Dr. Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, mother, pediatrician and the founder of Pediatrics Now.

Game Plan:
What is an appropriate age to start our children in sports?  How can we, as parents, help get the "good" out of sports programs?  What really is important for children to grow?  We are going to get to all of this and more today on "Kids and Sports" with Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe.

Game Time: 40:43

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The Big Play:
00:38 Kids and Sports Today
06:11 Importance of an Off-Season
08:20 Youth Sport Injuries
10:15 MomsTeam.com
13:08 The Good Side of Sports
19:42 Who's Your Coach?
28:51 Kids Who Aren't Sporty
31:23 When Is It TOO Much?
35:06 Kids Need ____ To Grow!
38:25 Closing Comments
39:25 Closing Track: So Damn Easy

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Related Podcast: No Contest

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About Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician and Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. An experienced columnist, educator, and practicing pediatrician, Dr. Gwenn graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine and completed her pediatrics Internship and Residency at New England Medical Center/Floating Hospital for Infants and Children in Boston, MA. Dr. O'Keeffe has practiced in Massachusetts, Illinois and Wisconsin and has been very active in medical education throughout her career.

Since returning to Massachusetts with her family in 2000, Dr. Gwenn has focused her passion for pediatric education on the families she cares for in her practice. Dr. Gwenn's career as a columnist and journalist began with her quest to find more ways to get useful information to as many parents as possible. Since that time, Dr. Gwenn’s columns have appeared in multiple community newspapers and is currently syndicated in Massachusetts with GateHouse Media, Inc, formerly the Community Newspaper Company.

Dr. Gwenn is a sought after pediatric expert and quoted often in parenting magazines. She is currently medical advisor to Parents and Kids and seen regularly on New England Cable News' Good Morning Live show. Dr. Gwenn is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communication and Media.

About Pediatrics Now

PediatricsNow was founded in 2005 by Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, M.D., F.A.A.P. As a mother and pediatrician, Dr. Gwenn saw a void in consumer health information for today’s busy families and began her quest to get practical health information out to as many local parents as possible. Using her columns as the backbone, PediatricsNow provides families with the health information they want. Much of the editorial content is reader drive by questions and emails to Dr. Gwenn. Other popular features include an extensive library of resources including summaries of current health studies, the popular Dr. Gwenn Is In Blog, and reviews of resources and web sites.

Dr. Gwenn initially hoped to reach out to families in New England but today Pediatrics Now is read by an international audience and families all over the United States. So, instead of a virtual New England village, PediatricsNow has become a true online melting pot. If only there was a way to have coffee with all those people and really talk. Perhaps someday!


Did you know Dr. Gwenn is also our guest blogger?

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Dr. Gwenn Recommends:

Moms Team: A Parent's Trusted Youth Sports Source

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Heads Up!
Vicky and Jen's Favorite Picks

When is My Child Old Enough for Sports
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Youth Sports: Taking a Toll on Family Life

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Guidelines for Parents of Children in Sports
11 simple rules every parent should know when enrolling their child in sports.

10 Things To Remember When Your Child Loses or Doesn't Play her Best
No matter how talented your child may be, there are going to days when he doesn't play his best, or when, despite his best effort, his team loses. How you manage both the ups, and the inevitable downs, will play a large role in whether your child has a successful youth sports experience.

Does Your Program Use the "Games Based Approach" to Teaching Sports?
ith the Games Based Approach to teaching sports, all aspects of the sport, from the basic skills to more technical moves and strategies, are taught in the context of fun, yet instructive, games . . .

Signs of a Well-Run Youth Sports Practice
It doesn't matter what sport your child plays, his practices should be fun, instructive, and inclusive. Here are the tell-tale signs of a well-run practice.

Successful Development of the Young Athlete: Guidelines for Parents
Three main stages of development for the typical family with youth athletes: Phase One (Exploration), Phase Two (Commitment), and Phase Three (Proficiency)

Source: MomsTeam.com