If your kids are immersed in the virtual world of Pokémon GO, there are some things you should know to help keep them safe as they search for Squirtles and Pidgeys. Pokémon GO is the augmented reality game that has taken the world by storm since its release in July. The game, which was developed and published by Niantic, is free to play and compatible with iOS and Android devices, leaving the door to Pokémon GO wide open for many kids and teens.
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This summer, the 2016 US Rowing Masters National Championships will be held August 18-21, 2016 at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA. The four-day event features athletes 21 and older competing for national titles in 202 categories and is expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to the region.
With summer on the way, relief from the heat can be found in the water. But did you know that swimming can be a great exercise to add to your routine? Very few exercises provide muscle toning and cardiac benefits like laps in a pool.
South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) has been serving patients in Central Massachusetts and beyond for over thirty years. During this time, we have concluded that there are two traits vital to achieving successful results for our patients: motivation and positivity. Merriam-Webster defines these characteristics, respectively, as the condition of being eager to act or work and thinking that a good result will happen. SCPT defines these qualities as the most useful and effective beliefs in achieving your goals.
It’s almost summertime, and we’re grateful for longer days and warmer weather. Our favorite parks that sat idle throughout winter are filled with joggers and dog walkers. Children and adolescents are excited to reengage in sports, testing their soccer, lacrosse, softball and baseball skills on rejuvenated fields, and the temperature is perfect for being outdoors. This May, SCPT encourages everyone to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine and to get active during National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.
Watching a child in pain is insufferable, but that’s what parents of children who have fibromyalgia experience on a regular basis. Adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) are accustomed to chronic pain and tenderness in their joints, muscles, and soft tissue. The syndrome goes hand in hand with other ailments such as poor sleep, irritability, and headaches. Difficulty concentrating, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, and depression are also common. Though there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a combination of approaches can help offer relief.
If you’re running in the upcoming Boston Marathon, with hopes, your training is well underway. Many runners envision the moment they’ll gather with hundreds of globe trotting marathon or elite athletes at the historic starting line to begin a momentous 26.2 mile trek over a challenging course. With nearly six miles left in the run, participants will face legendary Heartbreak Hill, which will bring them to the finish line on Boylston Street. To complete a course of this magnitude, it involves reliance on every muscle to make it to the finish line. When injuries occur, it can derail years of hard work and dedication. SCPT has compiled a list of the leading injuries runners experience, symptoms to look out for, and how to avoid them.
Close your eyes, and imagine: The rhythmic sound of your sneakers slapping the pavement, the world blurring by as you artfully navigate your course, your body pushing itself to run further and faster to establish your new PR. Once you’ve visualized what success looks like to you, it’s time to make it happen.
Your heart does important and tireless work. This fist-sized muscular organ sends blood throughout the entire body, providing essential oxygen and nutrients while carrying away waste. The right and left ventricles work in tandem, completing opposite tasks; the right side of the heart receives blood and circulates it into the lungs, while the left side pumps the blood from the lungs throughout the body. Around the clock, your heart maintains this vital rhythm. The heart plays a paramount role in sustaining life. Give your heart a little extra TLC this February, during American Heart Month, to keeping it pumping strongly.
With the start of 2016 behind us, there are many New Year’s resolutions in full swing. According to Medical Daily, 39.6 percent of those who make resolutions list weight loss as their top priority. If you’re struggling to meet your weight loss goals, perhaps it’s time for a different approach. January 18th marks the beginning of healthy weight week, an initiative developed to empower individuals to maintain a healthy weight long-term through self-acceptance and by developing a positive relationship with food and exercise.