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Shree Dandekar Speaks Out on Keeping Young Athletes Safe

New York, New York (PRWEB) June 12, 2013

Shree Dandekar, who is an athletic trainer at a New York City-based high school, is issuing comment on a new article from The New York Times that offers tips for parents of young athletes. Though sports provide a good source of regular exercise, as well as lessons on teamwork, it is important that parents help to protect their young players from some of the risks associated with athletics.

Prior to participating in any sports, regardless of level of intensity or frequency of practice, a thorough exam by a doctor is essential. During this time, the medical professional can analyze the child’s risk for athletic-related illness. It is advisable for the child to receive an EKG, which can reveal heart problems that may lead to cardiac arrest during strenuous activity. Parents should remain completely honest about their son or daughter’s medical health when filling out enrollment forms for sports, thus letting coaches and trainers know about any potential problems or concerns.

Young competitors must also learn the importance of speaking up should they experience any pain during practice or games. In many instances, an athlete will stay mum and try to continue participating, even when he or she feels pain. This can become problematic and can cause a minor injury or illness to become a more serious concern. For this reason, it is essential that young players learn to speak up about their discomfort, and take a break from athletics when necessary.

Shree Dandekar supports this stating, “For young athletes, particularly those who are especially invested in their sport, it is common to want to work through pain and continue playing. While this is okay for minor injuries, more serious concerns are only aggravated by this behavior. Therefore, it’s important that the competitor speaks with a trainer first before continuing to play or practice. Even if they are certain that the problem is only a minor one, getting seen by a trainer at the first sign of discomfort is important. Should it turn out that the symptoms are not serious, the athlete can then rejoin the game or practice.”

While some injuries are unavoidable, outfitting the young competitor with proper gear proves useful in helping them to stay safe on the field, ice, or court. Shoes that provide cushioning and fit correctly are essential, as is proper padding and helmets.

When participating in athletics during the hot summer month, coaches should give their players plenty of time for hydration breaks. Kids should develop tolerance to exercising in the heat over a span of several weeks, and should use caution when playing outside if they have spent all day indoors in an air-conditioned classroom.

Shree Dandekar advises parents and coaches to learn the warning signs of heat stroke and other heat-related illness.


Shree Dandekar is a high school athletic trainer in New York City. He helps to prevent injuries in his players, while also treating them should they occur. Dandekar has an extensive amount of knowledge regarding concussions. He regularly works with pupils who hope to continue their participation in athletics, helping them to meet the eligibility requirements from the NCAA.

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