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Parents Corner - June Newsletter 

Welcome to our June Newsletter. 
We have scanned the net to find topics we believe will help parents raising young athletes. No parent is perfect, however, here are some topics that might help you on you way to perfection.

Helping solve sibling rivalry

Ankle Sprains

Enjoy your reading and don’t forget if you have a topic you would like covered e-mail it to jason@readyrugby.com.au

Helping solve sibling rivalry

While there will always be arguments between your children, there are ways you can help minimise conflict and unhealthy competition:

    * Understand that each child has different needs and interests, and that you need to give them the space and time to nurture these interests - even if it means protecting them from the little hands of a younger sibling
    * Avoid arguments about sharing and turn-taking by making sure that there are enough blocks cars, dress-ups for everyone to enjoy
    * You need to spend one-on-one time with every child regularly. Never let your children feel that you don't have enough time for them
    * Give each of your children a little space they can call their own
    * Let each child have his own special items that don't have to be shared with siblings - this only works, though, if every child in the house understands what is and isn't to be shared
    * Make sure that all your children are being catered for.
    * Never compare your children - and never, ever say 'Why can't you be more like your brother?' because this will only ever lead to resentment
    * Be sure that everyone in the household understands the house rules and they are equitable. If a rule is broken, insure that the reprimands are equally dealt out
    * Try to teach your children strategies that will help them to learn how to problem-solve fairly
    * Be affectionate with all your children, regardless of age and sex
To read more go to www.kidspot.com.au/article+104+39+Helping-solve-sibling-rivalry.htm

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. A sudden jolt or twist can overstretch and tear the supporting ligaments of the joint, causing pain and swelling. Treatment options include rest, icepacks, and exercises to increase strength and mobility.

The ankle joint
The ankle joint has three bones that are precisely shaped to interlock and give stability. Strong bands of connective tissue called ligaments reinforce the joint and help hold the bones together. These ligaments prevent too much movement of the joint.

Ankle sprain
A sudden movement or twist, often when the foot rolls in, can overstretch the supporting ligaments, causing ligament tears and bleeding around the joint. This is known as an ankle sprain. This is a common injury, particularly in activities that require running, jumping and change of direction (such as basketball and netball). Some people are particularly prone to recurring ankle sprains.

The symptoms of ankle sprain include:

    * Swelling – the ankle can swell in minutes or over several hours.
    * Pain in the ankle joint when trying to move it and when walking, especially when the knee goes forward over the foot.

First aid
Suggestions for immediate treatment of an ankle sprain include:

    * Stop your activity.
    * Rest the injured joint.
    * Use icepacks every two hours, applied for 15 minutes.
    * Bandage the joint firmly, and extend the wrapping up the calf and down the foot.
    * Raise the ankle above heart height whenever possible.
    * Avoid exercise, heat, alcohol and massage in the first 48 hours, as these can all exacerbate swelling.

Recurring ankle sprains
Some people suffer from recurring ankle sprains. This can be caused by a number of factors working in combination, including:

    * Ligament scarring and excess looseness, as a result of previous ankle sprains
    * Insufficient rehabilitation from previous sprains. This can lead to weak muscles surrounding the ankle joint, especially on the outside (peroneal muscles). It can also cause decreased capacity to judge where your foot is in relation to your leg; this is called a proprioceptive deficit.

To read more go to www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Ankle_sprains?open