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Dr. Claire LeBlanc
Kids And Contact Sports
The American Academy of Pediatrics opposes the sport of boxing for children, adolescents, and young adults. Amateur boxing is a collision sport in which winning is based on the number and force of punches successfully landed on an opponent's head and/or body. This deliberately exposes boxing participants to potentially devastating neurologic and ocular injuries. Dr. Claire LeBlanc comes on the show to discuss this new policy and how to avoid injuries in other similarly dangerous contact sports
Dr. LeBlanc is board certified as a pediatrician, pediatric rheumatologist and sport medicine physician in Canada. She is a strong advocate for healthy active lifestyles especially in the pediatric age group.
She sat on the Health Canada taskforce that launched Canada’s Physical Activity Guides for Children and Youth in 2002 and was a consultant on the updated Pediatric Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Guidelines released this year. She chairs the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) Healthy Active Living and Sport Medicine Committee that has written several relevant position papers. She co-wrote a book chapter on sport medicine topics for the rheumatologist in Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology 6th Edition.
Dr. LeBlanc is US board certified in pediatrics and pediatric sport medicine. She was CPS liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sport Medicine and Fitness from 1998-2009. She took part in the creation of many of this council’s position papers including “Active Healthy Living: Prevention of Childhood Obesity Through Increased Physical Activity” and “Boxing Participation by Children and Adolescents” and continues to work as a consultant for the AAP. She has written chapters in several AAP-published books including: Care of the Young Athlete: 2nd Edition, Pediatric Orthopedics for Primary Care and Textbook of Pediatric Care. She has presented several sport and rheumatology-related topics at AAP-sponsored events including the AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
Prom Safety! PSA
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