On May 1, all students who participated in Spirit Week with crazy hair, inside out and backwards day, p.j. day, and team colors day had their name put into a drawing each day for an opportunity to be randomly selected on Friday, Fun Run and Field Day, for either a girl’s bike or a boy’s bike. Raina (Kindergarten) and Cam (5th Grade) were drawn as the winners, but although Cam was given the option to return his bike to Academy for a larger bike, he decided to give his bike away to a kindergartner. Myer was that lucky boy and was so excited to receive such a special gift. Students could purchase a can of silly string for $10 and spray Mrs. Dunlevy (Principal) and Mrs. Bozeman (Assistant Principal). Each grade level had a group of students who had fun spraying the principals. After giving the students a pep talk on having G.R.I.T., the Argyle Fire Department helped clean them off afterwards and sprayed the crowd on that hot Friday afternoon. The Principals’ Press had this to say about the event, “We had an absolutely fabulous day for Field Day and our Fun Run. The weather was perfect, smiles were in abundance, and great sportsmanship was shown by all. The music, “Shout Outs”, and cheers from bystanders helped our runners to keep up the pace. Students cheered on riders from the Texas Ride group, who was riding to raise funds for the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children educational programs. Your generous support of EP Rayzor during this fundraiser is amazing. Grit-o-Grams, “Shout Outs” and Silly String sales were included in our total amount raised of $ 18,387.50. ($1,000.00 of that total will be given to Harpoool’s P.T.A. from the fifth graders as they attend H.M.S. next Fall.)”
Are your kids waking in the middle of the night complaining of aches and pains? The first thing that may come to mind is growing pains, and you may notice that as summertime activities increase so do the restless nights. The pools are opening, the sun is shining, and if your nights become more restless; this may be why. Despite the name “growing pains,” there is no firm evidence that supports these aches and pains are linked to growth spurts. Even at the peak of an adolescent growth spurt, a child’s growth rate is too gradual to be painful. Growing pains may simply be muscle aches due to intense childhood activities that can wear your child’s muscles out. These activities include running, jumping, climbing, and everyday playground romping. They seem to be more common after a kid has a particularly full day of sports. Children don’t feel sore while they’re having fun; only later, when the muscles relax, do the pains come on. In general, growing pains are felt in both legs, especially in the front of the thighs, calves, or behind the knees. Studies suggest that children who have growing pains may be more sensitive to pain and therefore will report more headaches and abdominal pains. Please see your doctor for chronic pains, but in general, no x-rays or tests are needed. Things to do to help lesson the pain: Call for regular rest breaks during vigorous play and encourage your child to take part in a variety of sports and activities. This will give different muscle groups a workout and avoid overstraining the same muscles day after day. A warm bath before bedtime may help soothe muscles and ease aches. When “growing pains” are bothersome, gently massage your child’s limbs. A dose of children’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be helpful. Encourage plenty of fluids as dehydration can make cramps and pains more intense. Make sure your children are eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals. Iron deficiency may contribute to nighttime aches and pains as well as restless sleep patterns. Call your pediatrician if your child has any of the following symptoms: Severe pain uncontrolled with the
above measures. Pain that keeps your child from enjoying normal activities they would usually never electively miss out on. Swelling that doesn’t decrease or that grows worse after 24 hours, despite first aid with rest, ice or a cool compress, compression, and elevation. Fevers greater than 100.4 that persist or come and go for days to weeks. A persistent painful or painless lump in
a muscle. Any limp or any gait changes need to be evaluated by your pediatrician. Reddening or increased warmth of the skin overlying the muscle could be a sign
of infection. Dark urine, especially after exercise, along with the continue cramps and muscle pains. As kids grow and become more active with more strenuous activities, aches and pains can be very normal. Be cautious for persistent or unilateral pain that worsens or causes disruption in activities of daily living. If you have any concerns, please see your pediatrician for evaluation. Dr. Rebecca Butler is Board Certified in Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
She is proud to be a resident of Lantana and the owner of Lantana Pediatrics. For more information on Dr. Butler or to schedule an appointment, call 940-455-7200.
By Rebecca D, Butler, M.D., FAAP
Dancers are so graceful and awe-inspiring, yet we all know that those long legs, beautiful high kicks, and hours spent on their toes can lead to nagging injuries that prevent their best performance. Oh so often, dancers find themselves diagnosed with coxa saltans, or “snapping hip,” plus os trigonum, an accessory bone that can cause pain en pointe. What is a Snapping Hip? According to research, it is not uncommon to have a “snap” in your hip without actually having pain. However, as dancers, we spend a lot of time with our legs above 90 degrees of elevation (adagio, anyone?), and this can eventually lead to a painful snapping. Both your hip flexor (primarily the iliopsoas tendon) in the front of your hip and the IT band on the outside of your hip can be the cause of this snap. You may hear the hip flexor snap when it makes a loud “clunk,” and you may see the IT band snap as it flips front to back across your prominent lateral hip bone, the greater trochanter. Often times this snapping is caused by altered movement inside the hip joint itself. This might just be how your hip
is made. So if your hip is snapping but it is does not consistently hurt, it probably is not a problem. However, if you begin to notice soreness inside the hip, a physical therapist can help assess the source of this pain. Once the source of the snap is identified, a physical therapist will provide a treatment plan that may include the therapist putting his/her hands around your hip while performing techniques to improve joint mobility. Alongside this technique, the PT will guide you in specific exercises designed for your individual own structure and ability that will help you return to dancing quickly and safely and also prevent future recurrences. What is Os Trigonum? If you are experiencing pain on the outside or back of your ankle from being en pointe or demi pointe, you may have an os trigonum. Sometimes, the bones of our feet do not fully ossify, or close together, which can cause the formation of an extra piece. In most people, it may go completely unnoticed; however, for a dancer who spends a lot of time on her toes, it can be the source of pain or stiffness in the ankle. A PT can assist in improving the way your ankle moves in hopes of avoiding the pinching that may occur. Additionally, a PT who specializes in treating dancers can provide one-on-one assistance in guiding the dancer through dance-specific exercises while providing feedback on proper ankle and lower leg position. It may be as simple as tweaking little habits that are contributing to our pain. When we balance the muscles and improve the way we perform tendue and degage, piques and relevés, our symptoms may start to subside. “At S2S, our interdisciplinary team of licensed physical therapists, certified personal trainers, certified Pilates instructors, and certified performance enhancement specialists are striving to share with you the most current evidence in maintaining a healthy, energetic, and injury free lifestyle! From preventative to restorative, we’ve got you covered!” S2S Functional Performance Whether you are concerned about the chance of an injury or have already obtained one, our highly qualified staff is here to help. About Wellness: Our certified performance enhancement specialists will design a unique plan for athletes and weekend warriors alike to help them become top performers!
By Meredith S. Tittle, PT, MPT
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Why does sunscreen have to be so confusing? I have a love/hate relationship with sunscreen. I fully understand and support the need for each of us to be aware of the shocking statistics regarding skin cancer. The fact is that over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined.
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults ages 25-29 and the second-most common form of cancer for young people 15-29. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if they have had more than five sunburns. Sustaining five or more sunburns in youth increases lifetime melanoma risk by
Those are all undeniably shocking statistics that come even more to light in May which is National Melanoma Skin Cancer Awareness Month. But still, there is this entire sunscreen dilemma. What should we use, how much, how often, when to reapply, what if it gets wet, what if someone sneezes?
Turns out, there’s an app for that! Smart phone to the rescue!
The Sunburn Timer (free app) helps you calculate the time you can spend in the sun without harm. The timer reminds you when you should put more sunscreen on. You enter your skin type, sun intensity and the sun protection factor of your sunscreen. Set the alarm, and you are notified when you need to reapply sunscreen.
Another app is the TanSmart (free) which uses the UV satellite data, skin type and sunscreen SPF, alerts you when to re-lotion, or seek shade. This app actually takes into account the current UV index, environment (beach, snow, clouds), time of day, skin type and type of suntan protection; and suggests how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned or tanned.
Who knows, maybe my children will be more willing to apply sunscreen, with an app making noise, flashing lights and generating graphs. Since I am a registered nurse, I believe an improvement would be the app which also will remind us to drink water to prevent dehydration.
Finally, the best app of all will be the one which communicates with my husband’s smart phone, alerting him that it is time to reapply sunscreen to my back, bring a glass of water, and by the way, my mojito glass needs a refill.
By Rebecca Romanucci,
RN Advanced Aesthetic Registered Nurse Injector Owner/Manager RSR Medical Skin Rejuvenation, L.L.C.
The Guyer football team is no stranger to tough schedules. The 2015 version was released last month and didn’t get any easier with six road games, including a return date against defending Class 6A champ Allen. The Wildcats will open against Allen for a second-straight year, but this time will travel to the Eagles on Aug. 28, the first game at the repaired $60 million Eagle Stadium. Last year, Allen beat Guyer 55-41 at the University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium in a neutral-site showdown of defending champs. It is one of three non-district games, two of which are on the road. Guyer also will travel to Wichita Falls Rider on Sept. 11 for its final tune-up before
District 5-6A play. The schedule features four district road games and may seem rough, but it is weighted heaviest early. Besides Allen, Guyer will host Class 5A Division I champ Ennis in Week 2 before traveling to Rider. From there, the Wildcats have a bye week before taking on a district slate they dominated last year. Guyer was a perfect 7-0 in district last year and rolled to the second round of the playoffs. All four district road games this year are Thursday games against Keller Independent School District teams and will be played at the Keller ISD Athletic Complex. Their highly-anticipated rival game against Denton Ryan will close the regular season.
The complete 2015 Guyer schedule is as follows:
Fri., Aug. 21 @ Euless Trinity (scrimmage) 7 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 28 @ Allen 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 4 Ennis 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 11 At Wichita Falls Rider 7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 18 OPEN
Thurs., Sept. 24 @ Keller 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 2 Justin Northwest 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 8 @ Keller Fossil Ridge 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 15 @ Keller Central 7 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 23 Trophy Club Nelson 7 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 29 @ Keller Timber Creek 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 6 Ryan (C.H. Collins Athletic Complex) 7 p.m.
On May 1, all students who participated in Spirit Week with crazy hair, inside out and backwards day, p.j. day, and team colors day had their name put into a drawing each day for an opportunity to be randomly selected on Friday, Fun Run and Field Day, for either a girl’s bike or a boy’s […]
Are your kids waking in the middle of the night complaining of aches and pains? The first thing that may come to mind is growing pains, and you may notice that as summertime activities increase so do the restless nights. The pools are opening, the sun is shining, and if your nights become more restless; […]
Dancers are so graceful and awe-inspiring, yet we all know that those long legs, beautiful high kicks, and hours spent on their toes can lead to nagging injuries that prevent their best performance. Oh so often, dancers find themselves diagnosed with coxa saltans, or “snapping hip,” plus os trigonum, an accessory bone that can cause […]
Why does sunscreen have to be so confusing? I have a love/hate relationship with sunscreen. I fully understand and support the need for each of us to be aware of the shocking statistics regarding skin cancer. The fact is that over the past three decades, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers […]
The Guyer football team is no stranger to tough schedules. The 2015 version was released last month and didn’t get any easier with six road games, including a return date against defending Class 6A champ Allen. The Wildcats will open against Allen for a second-straight year, but this time will travel to the Eagles on […]
Like most parents, Sarah and Shawn Keller thought of leukemia as a disease that affected […]