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Brooke Patterson discusses the rise in ACL injuries for girls aged 10-19

 New data released by medibank shows that since 2012 girls aged 10-19 have had a 31 per cent increase in ACL repairs. Looking at girls between 10-14, there's been a 52 per cent increase. It is thought this rise is partly due to more girls playing contact sports.

Healthy from the start: 10 fun ideas for getting kids active

According to a 2016 report released by Active Healthy Kids Australia, they may be spending more time in front of a screen – and less time outdoors – than you think. The research group gave Australian kids a shockingly low grade – D minus – for physical activity. (Other lazybones include the UK, Canada, and the United States.)

Carrying backpacks doesn’t cause back pain in children and teenagers

Children and adolescents who carry backpacks aren’t at higher risk of developing back pain, according to a study published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM). Researchers found no evidence to suggest a link between carrying a heavy backpack and back pain in these age groups.

WA junior sports urged to tone down contact for fear of lifelong injuries

Junior sport is taking a heavy toll on WA children, with a landmark report showing a rise in injuries and doctors warning that kids as young as 10 are undergoing knee reconstructions and other surgery.

Want your kids to do well this year? Get them physically active!

Getting kids away from screens and being physically active is not only good for their mental and physical health, it also boosts their academic prowess.

Physiotherapy helping children's brains as well as their bodies

Physical activity in children has been linked to improved scholastic performance, following two separate studies conducted to analyse the impact of exercise in children and youth.

No shortage of obese kids 'waisting' their school years

Want your kids to do well at school this year? Get them physically active!

Getting kids away from screens and being physically active is not only good for their mental and physical health, it also boosts their academic prowess. So says two separate research papers - the Copenhagen Consensus Statement1, which gathered research from a variety of academic disciplines to determine the effects of physical activity in children and youth, and the Active Brains study2 released in November by the University of Granada.

Physio recommendations to support healthy back to school habits

With the official start of the school year at the end of the month, parents will no doubt be thinking about book lists, uniform requirements and the dreaded lunch box dilemma––healthy items their kids will actually eat! But two often overlooked areas of the back to school discussion are arguably two of the most important—what type and how they use their backpack, and what they wear on their feet.

Mentor facilitated physical activity program achieves more than just fitter bodies for youth with disability

Top international and national minds are gathering in Sydney this week for the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) MOMEMTUM 2017 scientific conference. One of these is La Trobe University’s Professor Nora Shields, who will present the results of an innovative study that has since transitioned into an ongoing physical activity program for young people with disability.

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