May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Awareness Month

Physical activity is linked to good health and can add years of life, so get moving and walk, jog or run this month

The sedentary nature of today’s workplaces, where people spend countless hours in front of a computer or taking phone calls, has become a major reason for many ailments. Stress from long days at the workplace also add to damage done by the limited mobility of working adults.

While children and adolescents tend go get more exercise than the average adult, the fact is that even they are now threatened by a sedentary lifestyle with so many reasons to stay indoors—whether it is video games, smartphones or tablets.

For that and many more reasons, it is important to showcase the benefits of what physical activity and playing sports can do for our good health.

Here are some ways to promote physical activity and sportsmanship in your family:

  • Get a gym or health club membership—and start exercising at least two to three times a week. And if you can get the whole family to attend, then go to the gym together.
  • Sign up for a “walking club” or similar activity in your community. And if there isn’t one, consider starting one.
  • Get your children involved in sports by making a commitment to attend their games and matches. They are often motivated by knowing you are there for them.
  • If your child does not know what sport they like, don’t force your own preferences on them. Let them test out a few different sports.
  • If sports are not of your children’s interest, consider having them sign up for a club, weekend camp or Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts. Every bit of physical activity helps.
  • Go to a park with your family once a week and let the children roam and frolic—don’t try to monopolize their time. Let them find out what they like to do most.

Awareness starts the process, but action executes it—and at MyMRI, we encourage adults and children to be more active through physical activity, sports and even indoor activities where your body is actively in motion.

From cycling to football to golf, all physical activity can have a positive effect on people’s lives. How about getting off the couch and start moving? And don’t just limit physical activity to sports, you can also dance, do yoga or even meditate as it fortifies the body and mind.

Are you ready to start a new you? The choice is yours and today’s actions can have a positive (or negative) effect in your future.

April is National Youth Sports Safety Awareness

Spring is here and that means you can’t let your guard down to ensure you can prevent youth sports injuries

Springtime is a time when children finally get to play outside as temperatures warm up and everyone gets to enjoy longer days than in the winter. Consequently, as more sports and outdoors activities spike during spring, so do the chances of injury—and in some cases, death. It is for this reason that in April, we should become more aware of the challenges that the spring brings to youth across the country.

Contact sports played outside, such as football, account for many of the springtime injuries. However, other non-contact sports are just as likely to produce injuries due to bad postures, lack of stretching before practicing a sport, the improper use of sports equipment or senseless accidents caused by a lack of focus during physical activities.

According to Stanford Child Health, more than 3.5 million child-age injuries are reported every year in the United States—and of those, about one third are related to sports activities. Another alarming statistic by the same source shows that about 21 percent of all sports-related injuries contribute to some form of traumatic brain injury.

Another study by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2009, reports that the following youth recreational activity and sports injury statistics for children between 5 to 14 years of age:

  • Basketball: 170,000+
  • Baseball/Softball: 110,000+
  • Cycling: 200,000+
  • Football: 215,000+
  • Hockey: 20,000+
  • Skating: Almost 50,000
  • Skateboarding: 65,000+
  • Soccer: 63,000+
  • Trampolines: 100,000+

As a general rule, children involved in recreational activities or sports should always be supervised by an adult. Children are unable to make critical decisions or take preventative measures when doing these activities because—as all children do—they are caught in the joy and emotion of the moment.

However, adults should also be careful not to push or demand of children more than they can deliver in sports. Pushy parents can sometimes be to blame for youth injuries, especially in competitive sports. Awareness goes both ways—and you don’t want to feel responsible for causing your child to end up in the hospital or worst.

MyMRI wants you to keep in mind youth safety awareness in the month of April. Our products are designed to protect your child in the event of an injury, allowing quick and effective access to critical information by first responders.

Please browse around our MyMRI website to learn more about our innovative products.

Source: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=sports-injury-statistics-90-P02787

March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 2.5 million children and adults in the US, while almost one million more are affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

During the month of March, Americans need to be conscious of the safety precautions, research and treatment options for brain injuries (both TBI and ABI).

Sports play a major role in the cause of brain injuries as a result of concussions. Another cause is motor vehicle accidents, but sports remains a focus of prevention through education, protective gear and awareness for its physical and emotional effects.

Brain injuries also affect elderly Americans who may sustain injury as a result of a fall, stroke, seizures, or other type of accidental cause. The effect of brain injuries affects not just the person who is injured, but also their families, friends and even their employers.

When it comes to sports, concussions are a common cause for TBI. Contact sports like football have an increased chance of injury as a result of violent blows to the head. Whiplash injuries as a result of a tackle or falling after reaching for a pass are likely to cause concussions as well.

If you would like to learn more about brain injuries, please visit these sources:

Awareness starts with the gathering of facts to build knowledge that leads to prevention and understanding of TBI and ABI.

We hope you become aware and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your children from potential brain industries.

Creating Awareness for Heart Disease is Everyone’s Job

February is the designated American Heart Disease Awareness Month

Heart disease is an indiscriminate assassin in our society. In fact, it ranks number one in leading causes for death in the United States. The culprit goes beyond unhealthy diets and genetical predisposition. The busy lifestyle of many individuals and their families often leads to stagnant after-work or after-school activities that don’t help them take control over their health.

Medical studies have shown how salty products and processed foods have also contributed to a growing concern over heart disease. Fast food is often the most accessible to busy people. And fast food is commonly preserved with salt, leading to high content of sodium, which in turn can increase blood pressure—as well as causing the human body to hold on to fluid, rather than flushing it out of the body.

A wide range of cardiovascular conditions are related to a high-sodium diet, which is quite common in the United States. With this in mind, here are some preventive measures for reducing the potential for heart disease:

  • Consider changing salt for spices—you  will have plenty more choices and spices will keep you meals interesting and exciting
  • Exercise regularly since it is proven that 20 minutes of exercise a day can severely reduce many common threats to human health
  • Become more educated about the challenge of heart disease and many more preventive measures
  • Talk to your doctor and get tested for any blood levels that can potentially uncover future heart disease or related conditions

Another helpful step is to explore the weather of resources available in websites such as the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) and The Heart Foundation (www.theheartfoundation.org). Both of these offer access to information, prevention details, and other medical resources.

Now that you are aware, MyMRI wants to remind you that prevention is the best solution to any of our body’s ailments. Without prevention, we will be forced to spend more time, money and personal resources dealing with the bad decisions of earlier years.

So, don’t forget to be smart now and work hard to stay healthy later—your family and friends will appreciate it!

January is CTE Awareness Month

CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) is a condition endured by many athletes and individuals who have suffered accidental brain trauma–including concussions

As the New Year 2018 starts, a number of us have made resolutions to live a better life, both at work and in our personal lives. Living a healthier life is often one of the reasons why we choose to join a gym or dust off the mountain bike and hit a bike trail. However, this also means that we should become aware of ways that we—as well as our loved ones—can propect ourselves from harm caused by something as simple as a sports injury.

Concussions have become a far-too-common occurrence for people who play contact sports. And children are particularly susceptible to this type of CTE injury, given the important role sports play in a balanced and fulfilling school life. According to a research study by Boston University, which was published in July 2017 on The Journal of the American Medical Association, 21 percent of high school football players are diagnosed with CTE.

Add to this statistic the pressure to become a star player and possibly move on to play college football as a pathway to the NFL and you can see why CTE is also becoming a taboo subject among parents and coaches.

But you don’t have to be a football player to suffer from CTE. Sports like hockey, soccer and wrestling have well-documented CTE injuries that show how concussions are becoming a common by-product of school sports participation.

And so, prevention should not be the only New Year’s resolution to reduce the potential for CTE injuries in high school sports. The MyMRI solution, along with its First Response System, allows for a fast reaction by both school officials and first responders, in the event of a concussion or impact-related injury.

Any opportunity to reduce the amount of time from injury to treatment can potentially enhance the positive outcome of reacting to an accident or physical impact on the field. So this New Year’s, please help spread the word and make sure that your friends, family members and school sports officials are aware of MyMRI and its products.

Using individually-curated information listed in our secure system, MyMRI allows first responders access to a variety of information that can help them identify potential threats to effective treatment. Information such as medication, pre-existing conditions and doctor’s contact information can help increase the response time and get an injured player the help they really need.

Stay safe and always remain aware that the best response to an injury is having all the information needed to make better treatment decision.