What disorders are responsible for most cardiac deaths in young athletes?
Why is a child's history of concussions important?
What are factors that may increase the risk of an athlete experiencing heatstroke?
Why should a child's medical history include the child's eating habits?
Explain to students that they will be collectively developing a comprehensive medical
history form that asks potential athletes questions to determine if they suffer from common sports-related conditions or are at risk for experiencing such conditions. Divide the class into five groups. Assign each group a different issue of the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Sports Shorts" feature that examines a sports-related condition (head injuries; exertional heat-related illness; common finger injuries; sudden cardiac death; female athlete triad). The "Sports Shorts" pdf documents can be downloaded from the New York Times web site (http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/14/health/personal-health- a-pregame-ritual-doctors-averting-disasters.html) Using the "Sports Shorts" sheet and all available resources, each group completes the following tasks (written on the board for easier student access):
Define the sports-related condition.
List the signs of this condition or the risk factors for developing this condition.
Develop medical history questions relevant to this condition and write them with a
marker on a large poster board.
After each group has completed their research, they will present their findings and display their poster board that lists their questions. While each group presents, other groups' members should take notes in preparation for the homework assignment.
SUMMARY STRATEGIES: Each student researches the medical history form that is required of student athletes at his or her school. Write a critique of the form based on the questions submitted during the class presentations on five sports-related conditions. If the critiques are unfavorable, students could submit their critiques in letter form to the governing boards that decide policy regarding sports participation at their schools.
RESOURCES: -student journals
copies of "A Pregame Ritual: Doctors Averting Disasters," (one per student)
five different issues of the American Academy of Pediatrics' "Sports Shorts" (head
injuries; exertional heat-related illness; common finger injuries; sudden cardiac death; female athlete triad). The "Sports Shorts" pdf documents can be downloaded from the American Academy of Pediatrics' Web site (http://www.aap.org/sections/sportsmedicine/SportsShorts.cfm)
markers (enough for all groups)
large sheets of poster board (enough for all groups)
resources for researching sports-related conditions (health and biology textbooks,
encyclopedias, computers with Internet access.