Football Helmet Safety in Three Simple Steps

(NewsUSA) – As the high school and college football seasons heat up, the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) is encouraging parents, coaches and athletes to refresh their knowledge on helmet safety and safe play.Keep these three simple steps in mind:1. Know Your Helmet There are no concussion-proof helmets. No football helmet completely prevents all head injuries, including concussions.A concussion is a complex event that involves a variety of factors. Advertising or other media claims that a particular helmet is anti-concussion or concussion-proof are not supported by research and can be misleading and dangerous.Avoid relying on any single data point, rating or measurement when considering helmet options.Proper fit is critical. Helmets are designed for safety and performance based on proper fit, specifically contact with the head. Ask your athlete how the helmet feels — helmets should not be too tight or too loose. Find fitting and wearing instructions through the CDC Foundation at  www.cdcfoundation.org/HeadsUp.Look for the logo on the back of the helmet that reads, "Meets NOCSAE Standard." The NOCSAE logo signifies that a helmet model has passed the most rigorous, science-based performance standards in the world.Do not alter or change your football helmet. Adding accessories and removing padding can alter how the helmet was intended to function and potentially interfere with its performance.2. Maintain Your HelmetHelmets should be reconditioned and recertified to the NOCSAE standard on a regular basis. Helmets that have been recertified will have a label inside the helmet indicating the name of the recertifying company and the date of recertification. If you have doubts, ask your coach or school administrator about their policy for reconditioning and recertification.Replace the helmet after 10 years.3. Prioritize Safe Play Football helmets are just one part of helping to protect against head injuries. Use proper blocking and tackling techniques and demand enforcement of rules that prohibit players from leading with their helmets to hit other players.Know the signs and symptoms of concussions — which can include headache, nausea, confusion, dizziness and memory difficulties — and encourage everyone to report any and all symptoms. If a concussion has been diagnosed, athletes should not return to play until cleared by medically trained experts following return-to-play guidelines. Remember: if in doubt, sit it out.For more information visit www.NOCSAE.org

The Art of the Seam! Chrysler Museum Honors Baseball Folk Artist

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – All artists have one thing in common — they start with a blank canvas.
In the case of George Sosnak, a folk artist whose work is being exhibited through August at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va., his canvas of choice happened to be a part of America’s favorite pastime — baseball.
To understand the artist, you have to understand the medium, its history, and the man behind the art.
It was around this small, leather ball that the artist found a way to express his love of the game.
While Sosnak was passionate about baseball, he was athletically unskilled as a player. So, he did the next best thing — he became an umpire. After World War II, he landed in the Pioneer League for the 1956-1958 seasons, later going on to umpire in the Three-I League (Iowa, Idaho, and Indiana) and Southern Association, before both leagues folded. With that, his dream of becoming a Major League umpire died.

Enhance Pool Safety: Help Protect Your Family From Electric Shock Drowning

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Before you open your pool for the season or whenever you close it down, you should be aware of a hidden danger. Faulty wiring or damaged electrical cords used to connect electrical equipment near the pool or from the pool lighting can cause the water to become energized. When swimmers come into contact with this “leaked” electrical current in your pool, it can cause loss of muscle control, rapid or irregular heartbeat or even electric shock drowning (ESD).
Electrical shock drowning can occur in treated water. Many pools and spas now feature lighting, digital entertainment systems, automated sensors for maintenance, and other integrated comforts or technologies. The presence of these devices in and around water can increase the risk of injury.
Mild tingling sensations and numbness in the limbs or extremities are the first telltale symptoms of ESD.”Electricity is extremely dangerous in water and improperly installed, maintained or damaged electrical connectivity can leak electrical current,” says Grayling Love, product line manager at Eaton. “Help protect yourself and your loved ones from ESD by having all electrical equipment used at the pool or spa installed, inspected and regularly maintained by certified electrical contractors who can help you meet the latest electrical codes and standards.”
Electric shock drowning cases have been known to result from electrical current leakages originating from faulty wiring or failing electrical distribution equipment. The use of Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) and Equipment Leakage Circuit Interrupters (ELCIs) near the pool, hot tub or wet spa can significantly help reduce the risk of electric shock drowning while helping water facilities meet electrical codes and safety standards. These devices are designed to help enhance safety by quickly shutting off power if electrical current leakage is detected.
If you own a pool or spa, contact a certified electrical contractor to install, maintain or replace equipment and assure that your site is up to code. Look for experts with certification specific to water-based systems. The Eaton Certified Contractor Network (ECCN) can help you locate an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor who can provide guidance through the most recent codes, standards and safety considerations required for your specific site or project needs.
To help enhance safety and reduce the risk of electrical shock in your pool or spa:
* Remind swimmers and spa users to always pay attention to how they feel in the water.
* Schedule routine electrical maintenance and inspections.
* Don’t enter the water to perform electrical maintenance tasks.
* If any unusual tingling or numbness occurs, avoid contact with metal objects.
* Signal for help without inviting others into the water.
To learn more about electrical solutions that enhance safety or to find an Eaton Certified Electrical Contractor near you, visit http://myhome.eaton.com.

Amateur Athletes Seek Non-Opioid Pain Relief

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – They may not make those “Agony of Defeat” sports reels, but amateur athletes get injured all the time. Maybe it’s from an awkward golf swing. Or maybe it’s from not warming up or stretching before an event.
Whatever the cause, though, there’s one scary thing they have in common with the pros.
“The reality is that all athletes are one fall, twist, or tweak away from landing their own opioid prescription,” Outside magazine warned.
The warning couldn’t be better timed. It’s not just that the country is in the midst of an opioid crisis that’s claimed the lives of thousands of prescription painkiller abusers and left countless more addicted to the likes of OxyContin. It’s also that — as the magazine also noted — physicians seem to be starting to heed last year’s urging by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to dramatically curtail prescribing the drugs.
According to a survey conducted for the Boston Globe by the SERMO physicians social network, more than half of doctors across America are doing exactly that, and nearly one in 10 have completely stopped prescribing them.
So what’s an amateur athlete suffering from pain supposed to do? One especially popular alternative is drug-free chiropractic care.
Whereas opioids (and Ibuprofen forms of over-the-counter drugs) only “mask” the pain, doctors of chiropractic approach the problem highly educated and trained in the structure and function of the human body.
And they use hands-on techniques to help enhance flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion -; the very things all athletes need addressing. And yes, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister says, chiropractic is covered by most insurance and health plans.
To locate a nearby doctor of chiropractic,visit f4cp.com/findadoctor.

Super Bowl Teams’ Shared Secret to Success

The two teams that competed in Super Bowl LI trained hard and smart to get there, and they shared one notable training element — chiropractic care.

Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons employed team chiropractors last season. And while that might not have been the deciding factor that got them to the Super Bowl, chiropractic care has caught the attention of many coaches and players in football and other professional sports as part of a menu of conditioning to optimize athletic performance by staying healthy and injury-free.

The One Super Bowl Fact You Still May Not Know

(NewsUSA) – Yes, there actually is one important fact that didn’t get the attention it deserves during Super Bowl LI.Both the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons, it turns out, employed team chiropractors to help get them there. As for why, Dr. Michael Miller, the winning Patriots’ longtime team chiropractor, may have the best explanation."We’re all committed to one goal," he says. "That’s keeping the athletes performing at their maximum potential, and preventing and managing injuries as they occur. Most of the players receive (chiropractic) adjustments one to two times per week."Now, no one’s implying that chiropractic care was the deciding factor in who made it to Houston’s NRG Stadium. In fact, every NFL team now uses chiropractors, and — given the sport’s physical intensity — they’re probably even more drawn than the general public to one of chiropractic’s biggest plusses: It’s seen as a safer and more effective alternative to potentially addictive prescription painkillers, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently urged doctors to avoid prescribing after thousands of deaths linked to their abuse.Doctors of chiropractic are known for their focus on the structure and function of the human body with hands-on techniques that help enhance things like flexibility, muscle strength, and range of motion. With a minimum of seven years of higher education, as the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress’ Dr. Sherry McAllister notes, they’re trained to address a broad range of health issues.Here’s one last bit of Super Bowl trivia: The average pro football team chiropractor provides 30 to 50 consultations and adjustments per week during the season, according to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society.Learn more at F4CP.com

Sauces for the Win: Why They’re A Hit At A Party

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – It’s that time of year again–the time when families and friends come together to celebrate with food and open arms. That’s right, it’s almost playoff season, with football, basketball, and hockey playoffs all just around the corner.
With these highly anticipated games come the equally anticipated snacks–from chips and dip to wings and hot sauce. In fact, a lot can be said from people’s usage of dips and sauces, and that usage has increased over the past year.
According to a survey by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, the reasons for using dips and sauces more often include: making more or new foods that need them, using them on more foods or as a healthy option with healthy foods, and cooking or eating at home more. So satisfy your craving for the perfect mid-game snack and bring them to parties in new and creative ways.
Here are a couple of tips that will help you pick the perfect recipe for your friends:
* Survey results show that Asian sauces, horseradish, hot and Mexican sauces are more popular than they were last year, with hot sauce and mustard being used several times a week by the majority of respondents. So go exotic and use bold flavors in your dishes!
* Geography also has something to say about what you should bring to a gathering. People in the Northeast reported a greater affinity for horseradish. Folks in the Midwest loves barbecue sauces. Asian sauces and hummus are more popular in the West and the South is all about hot sauce.
These tips should get your creative juices flowing so you can bring a tasty and unique contribution to whatever playoff party you’re attending. Should you need a little recipe inspiration, however, check out some dishes at www.dressings-sauces.org/recipes.

Many Working Mothers Can’t Afford Their Health Insurance Deductibles

(NewsUSA) – Sponsored News – Working mothers have a lot on their plate. In addition to their professional responsibilities, they are often in charge of numerous household decisions, including choosing their family’s health care plan. However, nearly half (49 percent) of working mothers would not have enough money to cover their health insurance deductible if they needed to do so today, according to a recent survey from Aflac and Working Mother magazine.When working mothers cannot afford the costs of an unforeseen medical emergency, these tragedies can quickly drain a bank account. So it is no surprise that more than half (54 percent) of working mothers surveyed have had to divert funds away from family vacations, date nights, holiday and birthday gifts — or even children’s college funds — to help cover medical expenses. As a working mom, if you make health care benefits decisions, below are three things to keep in mind that can help protect your family’s financial health:1. Expand coverage with voluntary benefits to protect your financial futureVoluntary insurance policies supplement major medical insurance to offer extended protection and peace of mind. Although the survey shows that dental, life and vision insurance are the most popular benefits among working mothers, it is wise to consider voluntary products such as critical illness, accident and short-term disability insurance, which provide financial protection if a more costly illness or injury were to occur.2. Make the most of your paycheck with a tax-free health savings account (HSA)HSAs are employer-provided saving accounts that allow employees to contribute pre-tax funds to cover future out-of-pocket medical costs. Having money in an HSA can help working mothers avoid having to take money out of their own savings accounts to pay for medical bills.3. Consult with a professionalScheduling a one-on-one meeting with a financial adviser or benefits expert can help ensure that benefits are tailored to a family’s specific needs. Some employers even offer these services free of charge.Family free time should include events such as playing at the park or enjoying a child’s sports game, not worrying about the financial consequences of a medical event. Being prepared is the best way to keep health care costs from placing a burden on family finances and fun.To learn more about the Aflac + Working Mother Survey or to find additional information on the benefits of voluntary insurance, visit aflac.com/workingmother

Combat Out-of-Pocket Costs With Cancer Insurance

(NewsUSA) – It’s being called "a game-changer" – and for good reason. Tens of millions of Americans seeking chiropractic care are now routinely covered by major medical plans, Medicare, workers’ compensation, and even some Medicaid plans. Studies have shown that chiropractic reduces costs per episode of care by as much as 40 percent. And with more than $700 billion spent dealing with musculoskeletal disease in 2011 alone, that kind of savings – along with chiropractic care’s higher reported patient satisfaction – should be applauded.Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/iM2WG1JZDsU 

5 Tips for Perfect Wedding Photos

(NewsUSA) – Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion — something to be celebrated and cherished. Planning it, on the other hand, can feel as if you’re preparing for war — between ensuring that Uncle Sal isn’t sitting next to his brother, who owes him money, to budgeting for everything you want and need. The one thing you don’t want to skimp on is the memories.Which is why choosing your photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make. To help ensure that you get the most romantic photos of your fairytale day, Professional Photographers of America, a 29,000-plus-member association, offers these suggestions:* Express yourself. What kind of photos do you like? Do they tend toward the journalistic or is your style more whimsical, classical, or romantic? Whatever your style, be clear with your photographer so that he or she can capture your personality.* Say yes to the dress. It starts and ends with this iconic garment. What will make you feel like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being? Is it a flowing sundress, a formal gown complete with train and veil? Or maybe your idea is more modern and it’s a strapless dress, in a color other than white. Whatever it is, dare to wear your dream dress.* Buy the shoes?or not. Carrie Bradshaw knows shoes. And you should too. Will you walk down the aisle in stilettos or kitten heels? Maybe cowboy boots are more your style? Can’t decide? Then leave the shoes at home, and feel free to walk barefoot.* Rejoice in style. Your wedding day isn’t just a ceremony, it’s a celebration that brings all your family and friends together (for better or worse), and pictures of this memorable party are a great way to inject your own sense of style. Be it a backyard BBQ, a tail gate at your favorite stadium, or a formal dinner, pictures of this event are a must-have.* Decide on your ride. Some people prefer to be whisked away by horse and carriage as if they were Cinderella herself. Others prefer luxury limos and cars as their modern equivalent. For the unique free-spirits of the world, maybe a motorcycle is more your thing. Either way, a great photo opp awaits as you leave your wedding.For more information, visit FindAPhotographer.com/weddings.