The POMA Foundation is the Exclusive Physician Partner
of the PIAA

The POMA Foundation is proud to be the Healthy Lifestyle Partner of the PIAA, supporting interscholastic athletics across Pennsylvania. As the exclusive physician partner, we are connected to over 10,000 osteopathic physicians who provide whole-person care to every patient. Learn more about osteopathic medicine and why it's the best choice for you!


Healthy Lifestyle Tips

As we move into the fall, remember these tips:

1. Know the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion and Head Injury
POMAF Concussion
Concussion in athletes is a very common type of mild traumatic brain injury. Be sure to identify the signs of concussion and receive appropriate care to keep your head in the game.
  - There are 1.7- 3 million diagnosed sports and recreation-related concussions every year.
  - Athletes are difficult patients because they withhold symptoms to avoid missing time to practice and play.
  - Early detection of concussion symptoms is key. Undiagnosed and untreated concussions can have long lasting, life changing health implications.
  - Concussion symptoms emerge within minutes or hours, depending on the severity of the injury. Symptoms typically last 7-10 days.
  - Athletes should only return to play after being cleared by a physician.
  - Premature return to play has increased risk for decreased reaction time leading to an increased risk of injury.

2. Protect Yourself during Cold & Flu Season
Flu season begins in October, peaking between December and February. Protect yourself and your family by following these easy tips:
  - Prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands frequently.
  - Don't get too run down; get 8-10 hours of sleep at night.
  - A flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older, per the CDC.
  - Eating fruits and vegetables, and staying hydrated boosts your immune system to naturally fight off infection.

3. Know the Numbers for Teens & Substance Use
The stats are alarming. No parent wants to admit that their child has a life-threatening illness, like addiction, but treatment is available.
  - Addiction to alcohol and drugs has reached epidemic levels in the US, affecting more than 138 million Americans.
  - Drug use went up 61% among 8th graders between 2016 and 2020.*
  - 62% of 12th graders have abused alcohol.*
  - 47% of 12th graders have tried illicit drugs.*
  - 2.08 million 12- to 17-year-olds have used drugs in the last month.*
       - Among them, 84% report using marijuana in the last month.*
  - It's never too soon to start talking to your kids about drug abuse.
       - Know your kid's activities and their friends.
       - Keep track of prescription drugs and alcohol.
       - Establish rules and consequences and provide support.
  - Recognize the warning signs of teen drug abuse and seek help .
*Source: National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics