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You've seen it all over the place lately...in schools, recreation clubs, the news, and even the president of the United States is talking about it, and it could be one of the most important issues we're facing as we continue to move into the 2000's.  It's the call to action for youth fitness and developing a healthy lifestyle.  Even though it is clear that our youth need to exercise (the CDC recommends 1 hour per day for children ages 6-17 years of age), there's still a lot of confusion as to what is appropriate for the growing, pre-pubescent population and why those that are active seem to be getting injured at an alarming rate.


It's great to see so many kids these days so dedicated to their sport, but with many focusing on just one sport (specialization), it is causing complications leading to injury.  On the other end of the spectrum, kids are becoming more and more sedentary and it is even more important to teach youngsters to get moving more often.  Long gone are the days of jumping rope, playing tag, or climbing trees...it's hello Facebook, YouTube, and xbox Live.  Although some video game manufacturers such as Nintendo with the Wii have helped promote moving, it's still not enough. 


Whether we are talking about a high level athlete and their propensity for injury or a non-athlete whose activities make it tough to get moving, there is a need for information about what exercises are safe to perform at a young age, how much should they be doing to avoid "over-doing it", who should be doing it, etc.  We've all heard the common myth that weight training stunts your growth, but is that and other myths out there really true? 

On May 18th, 2011, Pro-Activity and BaseCamp 31 are putting on a summit of speakers to talk on such matters.  We will be inviting many of the areas top professionals including orthopedic doctors from Hunterdon Orthopedics, physical therapists, certified personal trainers, and professional athletes and coaches to discuss a variety of topics. 



For the athlete, these topics will include why specialization in one sport is leading to overuse injury, concussion protocols for young athletes, at what age is it appropriate to start "training" rather than just practicing, specialized movements such as throwing and running and injury prevention in those areas, and the benefits of regular exercise and training to increase performance. 


For the non-athlete, these topics will include recommendations for amounts of exercise, what types of exercises are safe, and the benefits of different types of exercise including reduced risk of injury and disease, and an increase in confidence and self-esteem.


For more information about the summit or to reserve a spot for you, your child, or your team, visit www.pro-activity.com or click HERE


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