Q&A With Dr. Sampson Davis: How to Stay Healthy During Your Season

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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by Andy Haley
You can’t overlook your health. If you don’t maintain your body, you could find yourself sitting in the stands with a clipboard instead of helping your team on the field.

STACK spoke with Dr. Sampson Davis, a Newark-based ER physician and author of Living and Dying in Brick City, who has appeared on several national television and radio talk shows, about what young athletes can do to stay healthy, endure the rigors of their sports and continue to play at the highest level. Here’s what he said:

STACK: You were an athlete in high school. Tell us about your athletic career.

Dr. Davis: I was very into sports when I was a kid. I had visions that I was going to play professional baseball. I was pretty great at my small high school, but once I got to college, I realized my talent didn’t go much further. But I felt a certain excitement level about competing, staying involved and being active. The endorphin release made me feel alert, and it translated to my academics.

STACK: Looking back, did you make any mistakes that may have damaged your health or hindered your performance? 

Dr. Davis: I did not stretch nearly enough. When you’re young, you’re resilient, and your muscles are like rubber bands. You can get bounced around, but you won’t feel the ramifications. Stretching is so important to do before and after an event. You have to warm your body up and you have to cool it down.
Also, my diet was horrific. I’d play a game of basketball, football or baseball, and then I’d go have a sugary drink that had no minerals or electrolytes. Knowing what I know now, that really hurt my recovery.

STACK: What can athletes do to avoid making those same mistakes?

Dr. Davis: When you have a team approach, it’s almost as if you feel you are being policed by your peers, and it becomes a competition. It’s always good to have that team approach, because you'll stay true and not skip the little things. When you do it individually, you may have a bad snack, or you may just skip stretching. If you know your best friend on the team is stretching, then you’ll do it, too.

STACK: If you get sick, you may miss a game when your team needs you the most. How do you keep your immune system healthy so this doesn’t happen?

Dr. Davis: Sleep is so important. As a teenager, you feel like you're invincible and don’t need sleep. But fatigue is a serious issue. It’s very important to get a healthy balance of sleep. Also, you need to stick to a sleep schedule and commit to winding down before bed.
And then there’s nutrition. You should have a healthy, balanced diet as an athlete. I don’t like to say diet modification. Do your research and find out what you should take in before, during and after games, and during your training process.

STACK: What’s the best way to deal with bumps and bruises from playing sports? 

Dr. Davis: You need to proceed with caution. Always wear the proper equipment, and if you have a bruise, make sure it’s protected to prevent another injury. If something does happen, RICE (i.e., rest, icing, compression and elevation) is very important. Again, to a teenager, an injury may not seem that bad. But ice is magic, especially within the first 24 hours. It really helps minimize the swelling and inflammation that follow the day after. You need to stay true to doing that, because it will help prevent it from becoming something more serious than it should be.

STACK: Should athletes push through pain?

Dr. Davis: Pushing through the pain is never a good idea. The last thing you want to do is give up on your team, especially if there are only a few minutes left in the game. Young people have a tremendous amount of resilience and can endure pain in order to perform. But it’s dangerous. You could have a minor injury and turn it into a season-ending injury. For example, look at RGIII [Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III]. He had a sprained ligament in his knee and he continued playing, and he hurt his knee severely. It’s always important to know if you’re injured and get treatment, whether it's massage, whirlpool or therapy. It’s OK to tell a coach that you’re hurt, and it doesn’t mean you are a weak competitor or lack toughness.

10 Ways to Make the Most of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

As a child , I enjoyed " Take your Daughters and Sons to work day"..I remember like it was yesterday.  It was a great experience. They will give you assignments to work on and I felt like I had a real job for the day. 

Article by Vicki Salemi of US News 
Thursday, April 24 marks the 21st year of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, an activity that is recommended for kids ages eight to 18 years old. According to the official website, more than 37 million youth participated in the day last year. Originally called the Take Our Daughters to Work Program and founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, it expanded to include boys in 2003.
As kids and teens head to the workplace to experience a day in your life, there are several ways to make the most out of the learning process:
1. Plan ahead. Whether you’re bringing your daughter or son, niece or nephew, grandchild or neighbor, ask him or her what he or she wants to learn. Initiate an ongoing dialogue to find out what the child is looking forward to the most so you can highlight that aspect. Find out how that aligns with the overall objective to allow for conversation and engage your shadow into thinking about work in ways he or she may not have considered previously.
2. Swap kids. To mix up the experience this year, see if your spouse can bring your child to his or her office; then next year, switch back to your office. Mix things up so your child gets to explore a new experience.
3. Talk to colleagues. Ask co-workers ahead of time about their past experiences and find out what they would have done differently. Find out what their kids got out of it and what they’re hoping they get out of it this year. Their answers may be different from yours and strengthen a foundation to build upon.
4. Enjoy the commute. Yes, the day is geared toward children and teenagers to immerse them in the experience, but the day is also for you. It can be a wonderful experience to share with your child and to bring him or her into your world, so your work life isn’t so ambiguous or mysterious. Enjoy the day andsavor the commute by having a buddy with you along for the ride. The experience of going on a train, bus or car during rush hour can be another worthwhile part of your child's special day.
5. Create structure. Many companies have planned this day for months, with activities such as an office tour, leadership presentations, interactive age-appropriate activities and a pizza party. If activities aren’t necessarily planned, the organization’s website provides an activity center with ideas to encourage girls and boys to engage in the day and think about their dreams for their future.
For instance, some start with icebreakers, like asking kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Others involve having the kids interview you to find out what your favorite subject in school was, what your original career plans were, if they changed and why. 
Another example from the website involves middle schoolers being tasked with a scavenger hunt. As they meet employees, the kids should ask questions such as why they love their job, one type of training or education requirement necessary for the job, one kind of reading material for this job and one skill a worker absolutely must possess.
6. Actually do some work. Time should be carved, usually at the end of activities, to have your kid join you at your desk to see you at work (even though you may not exactly be very productive).
7. Step away from the desk. If your company doesn’t have a specific agenda (and even if it does), take the initiative to ensure your child can get the most out of the experience. A trip to a conference room, the cafeteria and the mailroom, combined with interactions with people in other departments, are worthwhile. They will help give kids a sense of the big picture.
8. Talk to your kids. As you introduce your child to colleagues and politely nudge them to shake hands and make eye contact, explain on a macro level what the person does. Show how each person has a specific role and how you interact with them on a regular basis, and allow for your child to learn more about job titles and responsibilities.
9. Take notes. Based on the program's theme this year, "Plant a Seed, Grow a Future," some kids may have class assignments and certain things to learn and take back to school. Remember, the day is an opportunity to boost their self-esteem, learn about teamwork and think beyond stereotypes of men and women’s roles on and off the job.
10Recap. At the end of the day, ask your child or teen what he or she enjoyed most about the day and what he or she learned – the answer may surprise you. Since the day is hopefully enjoyable for you too, take stock of your experience as well. Make it upbeat and interactive so your child is engaged and excited to come back next year. 

What is holding you back? Entrepreneur Edition

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


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We heard every excuse in the book from my students about why they’re unable to turn their ideas into reality. But the only way to succeed at becoming an entrepreneur is to have the courage to take that first, small step.Unfortunately, most of us tend to focus on everything we think we can’t do, rather than what we can do. As a result, we never even get started. It doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve listed (and rebutted) some of the most common excuses I hear below -- do any of them sound familiar?

1. I don’t have any experience. The truth is that you need less experience than you think. I bet most successful entrepreneurs would tell you they learned by doing. In fact, I think lacking experience can actually be helpful, because your fresh eyes allow you to see things differently. When I started a guitar pick company, I had never worked in the music industry before. I asked a lot of questions, used the internet to do research, found mentors in the business and recruited a partner who did have experience. But I was able to see opportunity when others couldn’t, because they were too close to the industry. They were artificially constrained by what they thought was a given -- I wasn’t.

2. I don’t have any time. Starting a company is a big commitment, I agree. It takes an incredible amount of time. But there are other ways you can bring your product ideas to life that require very little time, such as licensing an idea. I always tell my students: Don’t quit your day job, because you don’t have to. (Of course, to do so would be unnecessarily risky.) You can successfully license an idea by dedicating your lunch break and some time before and after work and on the weekends. Your licensee is going to do the heavy lifting. You just need to figure out how to get your idea to them.

3. I don’t have enough money. Today, there are a lot of options for starting a business. If you work smart, there is always a way to do something efficiently for less. I have been cutting costs for years, from hiring college students to do graphic design work to filing for a provisional patent application myself, using excellent (and affordable) software. You can bootstrap your operation -- and still be very successful. With crowdfunding, it’s never been easier.

4. Protecting my idea is expensive. Yes, filing patents is very expensive. But that’s not your only option and it shouldn’t be a major deterrent. I cannot give legal advice, but filing a PPA is a great way to start out. (If you make less than $150,000, you can file a PPA for $65.) Filing a PPA allows you to label your idea “patent pending” for up to a year. A year is more than enough time to test the waters. Maybe you can find someone who is willing to pay for your patents.

5. Prototypes are expensive and hard to make. Before you start thinking about needing to create a prototype, you need to determine that there’s interest in your idea by crafting a sell sheet. A sell sheet is a one-page advertisement that can be used to gauge interest in your idea. It’s very basic -- just your one-line benefit statement, a rendering of your idea drawn by a graphic artist and your contact information. ELance is a great affordable resource -- I’ve hired graphic designers to draw one of my product ideas for less than $100. (Always have them sign a nondisclosure agreement.) I show my sell sheet to potential investors and licensees. If they’re interested, I go about proving my idea can be made.
There’s really no good reason not to get started if you have genuine enthusiasm. Don’t let your fear of failure hold you back. If you want it bad enough, it is possible.

So what’s your excuse?
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