Section: Teens - posted in 2019

  • Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks

    Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks What Are Sports Drinks and Energy Drinks? Sports and energy drinks can include anything from sports beverages to vitamin waters to highly caffeinated drinks. They all have added ingredients that say they "do" something extra, such as increase energy and alertness, boost nutrition, or even enhance athletic performance. Sports and energy drinks are everywhere, so you need to decide if they're right ...
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  • What if I Want to Quit a Sport?

    What if I Want to Quit a Sport? Sports are a great way to be part of a team, stay in shape, and have fun. But you might find yourself wanting to quit a sport. This can happen for different reasons, such as: Some of the excitement that you had for the sport is gone. You're having a problem with a teammate or coach. It's too much with homework and all your other responsibilities. Things to Consider Before quitting, think about ...
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  • Fighting Germs

    Fighting Germs What Are Germs? The term " germs " refers to the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease. Washing hands well and often is the best way to prevent germs from leading to infections and sickness. What Problems Can Germs Cause? When germs invade the body, they get ready to stay for a while. These germs draw all their energy from the host. They may damage or destroy ...
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  • 5 Reasons to Look for a Summer Job

    5 Reasons to Look for a Summer Job It may be tempting to take the summer off and relax, but looking for a job will give you helpful life skills. Finding a job may be hard, but the search will be worth it. Jobs are out there. Even if you don't land the job you want, you'll still gain these skills from the process: You'll develop your interview skills. The more jobs you apply for, the better you'll get at interviewing. Learning to ...
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  • Sever's Disease

    Sever's Disease What Is Sever's Disease? Sever's disease is a swelling and irritation of the growth plate in the heel. The growth plate is a layer of cartilage near the end of a bone where most of the bone's growth happens. It is weaker and more at risk for injury than the rest of the bone. With proper management, Sever's disease usually goes away within a few months and doesn't cause lasting problems. What Are ...
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  • Repetitive Stress Injuries in Sports

    Repetitive Stress Injuries in Sports What Are Repetitive Stress Injuries? Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) happen when movements are repeated over and over, causing damage to a bone, tendon, or joint. What Causes Repetitive Stress Injuries in Sports? Repeated motions in sports cause many RSIs (or overuse injuries ). RSIs are most likely to happen in the area of growth plates. A growth plate is a layer of cartilage near the end of a ...
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  • Shin Splints

    Shin Splints What Are Shin Splints? Shin splints are pain on the inner part of the shinbone. They're usually brought on by running or another high-impact activity. Shin splints get better with rest and do not cause lasting problems. What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Shin Splints? People with shin splints have pain along the inner edge of the shinbone. The pain is usually during or right after activity. Shin ...
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  • Growth Plates

    Growth Plates What Is a Growth Plate? Growth plates are the areas of new bone growth in kids and teens. They're made up of cartilage, a rubbery, flexible material (the nose, for instance, is made of cartilage). Most growth plates are near the ends of long bones. Long bones are bones that are longer than they are wide. They include: the femur (thighbone) the lower legs (tibia and fibula) the forearm (radius and ...
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  • Panner's Disease

    Panner's Disease What Is Panner's Disease? Panner's disease happens from temporary changes in the capitellum. The capitellum is the outside bone of the elbow at the end of the upper arm bone (the humerus). Healing can take time, but most teens with Panner's disease recover with no lasting problems. What Are the Signs & Symptoms of Panner's Disease? Panner's disease causes elbow pain around the outside part of ...
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  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

    PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) What Is PrEP? PrEP stands for pre-exposure prophylaxis. It is when someone takes medicines every day to lower his or her chances of getting HIV. Who Should Take PrEP? Only people at very high risk for getting HIV should take PrEP, such as: those who are in a sexual relationship with someone who is HIV-positive men who have sex with other men and have had anal sex without a condom men who have sex ...
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