November 2012

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Health Capsule

Bilingual Booklet on Sports Injuries

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A colorful English and Spanish booklet from NIH teaches children and teens how to avoid sports injuries. The 16-page pamphlet, called Ana’s Story, is a fotonovela that uses a comic-book style format to tell the story of a teen soccer player named Ana.

After spraining her knee during a game, Ana and her family learn how to treat a sports injury promptly to avoid future complications.

The booklet gives tips on how to keep sports safe for kids. Playing sports can improve children’s fitness, self-esteem, coordination and self-discipline. But it can also put them at risk for injuries. Activities such as warming up before exercise and staying hydrated can help protect their health.

Ana’s Story is a must-read publication for active kids, parents and coaches,” says Dr. Stephen I. Katz, director of NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. “It follows the success of our first fotonovela, Isabel’s Story, which teaches about bone health.”

To see Ana’s Story online, visit To order free print copies of Ana’s Story or Isabel’s Story, call 877-226-4267, or use the order form at

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