Typically, we think about asthma being triggered by smoke, pollen and other environmental factors, but exercise can be a major trigger for many children. In fact, about 80 percent of children with asthma experience asthma symptoms when they exercise.
Twelve-year-old Samantha plays soccer almost year round. That means her middle-school season is followed by indoor games and training in the winter, then local recreational leagues in the spring. In the summer, she attends a couple of camps as well.
While many sports injuries in children are minor sprains and strains, fractures—or breaks—are relatively common in children who are injured playing sports. Children participating in high-impact contact sports such as football and ice hockey are more likely to sustain a fracture.
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