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PLAYING IT SAFE ON THE PLAYING FIELD

 PLAYING IT SAFE ON THE PLAYING FIELD
 FORT WASHINGTON, Pa., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- With the school


season under way, intramural and team sporting activities are not far behind.
 Area football and soccer fields are bustling with activity.
 And while parents, coaches and, most of all, players anxiously await the start of the formal season, important practice, conditioning, training and precautionary steps should be heeded before attacking the playing field. Many young athletes often get out of shape over the lazy, hot summer; this can contribute to serious injuries.
 According to Dr. Thomas Balshi, head prosthodontist at Prosthodontics Intermedica, another important item to consider is the mandatory wearing of protective gear.
 "It's so easy to forget to use a helmet or mouthpiece when doing a simple drill," said Balshi. "But that's when serious injuries to the head, neck, teeth and gums can occur -- when you least expect it."
 "In the 20 years we've been in practice, we've treated many athletes in the Northeastern part of the country and we couldn't help but notice a pattern of injury around students who weren't wearing protective gear, so we've begun to spread the word each fall and spring to high school juniors and seniors to take the extra precautions now because a sporting accident could affect them for life."
 Some simple tips recommended for proper warm-up, conditioning and safety include:
 -- Always condition and warm up. The more physically active you are, the more you need to stretch.
 -- Condition and warm up more in the hot weather. Your heart must work harder when you sweat more, so a higher level of warm-up is required when it's hot outside.
 -- Always wear protective headgear in sports that call for it -- even when undertaking simple drills.
 -- Mouthpieces should always be worn in any contact sport.
 -- Never take amphetamines to improve athletic performance. They only make you think you're doing better than you are.
 -- Never take salt tablets. When sweating, you lose proportionately more water than salt, leaving a higher level of salt in the bloodstream. Popping salt tablets simply elevates the level and increases the risk of heatstroke in warm weather.
 -- Swallow liquids during competition. The body loses tremendous amounts of fluid during heavy exercise and competition. Drink a cup or two of liquid 15 to 20 minutes after you start to exercise and continue to drink the same amount every 15 minutes.
 -- Wear as little clothing as possible so air can get to your skin and increase evaporation.
 Balshi said, "Taking the time to prepare before hitting the athletic field will make the experience safe and fun." Sometimes, however, even by taking every precaution, accidents do occur, particularly where teeth are concerned. Great strides have been made recently in the area of permanent dental implants which look and function like real teeth, should mouth injuries occur.
 Anyone interested in learning more about dental implants can write for a free copy of "Questions People Ask About Permanent Tooth Replacement," or call Brenda Milacci at 215-646-6334.
 Prosthodontics Intermedica is one of the largest dental implant centers in the country. Balshi and the professional staff at Prosthodontics Intermedica have performed thousands of implant procedures with the Branemark System, an implant method of permanent tooth replacement developed in Sweden more than three decades ago, and accepted by the American Dental Association.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy Kapnek or Dava Guerin of Guerin & Kapnek Communications, 215-830-1441, or Guerin at home, 215-641-9955, for Prosthodontics Intermedica/ CO: Prosthodontics Intermedica ST: Pennsylvania IN: HEA SU:


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