How to Help Girl Athletes Get Through Puberty

1.Relish the benefits. Experts stress that the physical activity of sports is an extremely important health benefit for young girls.
2.Expect some challenges. Girls drop out of sports at a rate six times higher than do boys, many of them during puberty.
3.Keep high standards. Despite certain effects of puberty on performance, puberty has no effect on skill development. Skill can increase with practice.
4.Don't be concerned with delayed menstrual periods. Delayed menstruation is not medically harmful as long as it occurs by age 18.
5.Consult a doctor. You can put your mind to rest concerning any aspects of sports and puberty. You're better off with a doctor who understands and is supportive of youth sports.
6.Make sports a positive part of puberty. With all of the physical, social, and emotional ups and downs, sports can give important focus and direction to a girl and her family.
7.Be on the lookout for inequality. Girls are still often not given the same opportunity as boys, despite great advances. Make sure they are, especially during this sensitive time. 
Get ready for the ride. Puberty may be difficult, but it can be made smoother if you accept its inevitability and know that it will pass.
Communicate. Resist any urge to take the silent approach. Encourage your daughter to talk about her feelings.
Seek out others. Encourage your daughter to find a role model or someone in whom she can confide.
Bring in the coach. Enlist the help and advice of a coach, preferably one with experience in this area.
Set goals. Keep your daughter focused on a long-term sports goal, such as making a desired team, to get her through difficult times.
Watch what she eats. Pay special attention to good nutrition, particularly avoiding fad diets. 
Overall Warnings: If you have any questions or concerns, contact a physician or other health-care professional before engaging in any activity related to health and diet. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. 

How to Reverse Layout Dive From a Springboard

1.Master both the forward and backward layout dives before attempting the reverse layout. (See "How to Back Layout Dive From a Springboard.") The skills of these dives are the essential components of the reverse layout and must be learned in the proper sequence.
2.Start the dive with a normal forward approach. It's vital that you have this approach mastered and in perfect balance. Remain perpendicular to the board as you ride through the bending of the board. Any bending at the waist will inhibit your rotation.
3.Swing your arms over your head as you leave the board and spread them to the sides, in line with your shoulders, as you drop your head back exactly as you do in a back layout dive.
4.Lift your chest as you drop your head and spread your arms to get your whole body rotating. Contract the muscles of your abdomen and buttocks, while keeping your legs straight and toes pointed.
5.Look down at the water as you turn over the top of your lift and start downward, headfirst, toward the water.
6.Bring your arms together over your head when you can see the water.
7.Return your head to its normal position as you enter the water. This will straighten out your back and give you good alignment for your entry. 
Tips: Make sure to get good momentum on your approach to carry you forward while in the air, but avoid trying to jump out away from the board. Good technique will carry you away safely. 
Warnings: If you're fearful about attempting this dive, you're probably not ready to try it. Even when you are ready, attempt the reverse layout only under close supervision. 
Overall Warnings: Springboard diving is an inherently dangerous activity that can result in serious injury or death. We recommend that you seek proper training and equipment before attempting this activity. 

How to Treat Foot Cramps in Adults

1.Take the cramped foot in your hands. Slowly but firmly move it in the opposite direction of the cramped position.
2.Keep in this position until the cramp disappears.
3.Spread some baby oil generously over the area, and gently massage it for 5 to 10 minutes.
4.Take a pain reliever immediately, and if desired, repeat the dose after 4 hours. Aspirin and ibuprofen are recommended.
5.Elevate your foot on a pillow, to the level of your waist.
6.Apply an ice pack if the cramp is due to overuse, like from a sports injury. Place the ice pack around the cramp, not directly on it.
7.Use moist heat on the cramping muscle three times a day if cramping is chronic and persists longer than 24 hours. A warm foot soak may be beneficial.
8.Consider wrapping the foot with an elasticized cloth band or sports wrap. Be careful when wrapping under the arch - too much pressure against it can cause pain.
9.Rest and stay off your foot. Give the muscle, tendon or nerve mass time to heal. 
Tips: If you're still suffering from cramps after one to two weeks, contact a podiatrist. 
If your foot is hot or swollen, or if you have a fever, consult a physician immediately.
If symptoms persist or if you have specific medical conditions or concerns, we recommend you contact a physician. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.   

How to Determine the Value of Your Beanie Babies

Price Guides
1.Check Ty's Web site (see Related Sites) to determine if your Beanie Baby is retired. Ty's site lists all Beanies and their comparative values.
2.Consult Beanie Baby collector's guides for another viewpoint or if you don't have access to the Internet.
3.Check the Internet or a collector's guide to determine if a flaw on your Beanie Baby will lessen, or increase, its worth.
4.Write to Ty through its Web site if you can't find a price for your Beanie on the Web or in a collector's book.
5.Look up values online at the Beans & Bears Web site and subscribe to its monthly print magazine. 
Beanies with manufacturer's errors, like missing tails or spots, are not assigned preset values, but they may be worth a lot of money.
Hang-tag errors are easily fixed and not worth much, but tush-tag errors may have significant value. 
Assessing Your Beanies

6.Examine the tags on your retired or flawed dolls.
7.Consider Beanies with perfectly preserved hang or tush tags and no factory defects to be in "mint" condition.
8.Value Beanies with slightly bent tags at 80 percent to 90 percent of the top price. These Beanies are in "near-mint" condition.
9.Give Beanies with creased tags - those in "excellent" condition - 65 percent to 75 percent of the maximum value.
1..Price Beanies with missing tags at 45 percent to 60 percent of the optimum value. These Beanies are said to be in "very good" condition.
1..Reduce the value of Beanies with worn fabric, tears, stains or missing parts - those that do not meet the "very good" standard - to 5 percent to 35 percent of the top price.   Steps:
1.Examine your glass items to determine what condition they are in. Items that are worn, scratched or chipped will be worth less than identical items that are undamaged.
2.Purchase a glass valuation guide. If you collect a certain type of glass, get a guide that is just about that type, as it will have more details. Try to find a book with a lot of color photos, which will help you locate your items more easily.
3.Match your pieces to those listed in the book and read the value that is estimated.
4.Go to glass shows, conventions and sales and compare your pieces to those on display.
5.Talk to collectors and dealers and get their opinions about the value of your items.
6.Have your collection appraised by someone with experience in glass collecting. You will have to pay for an appraisal, but it will be very thorough and detailed and give you a lot of information. 
Tips: Understand that the appraised value of a piece may be different from the amount you are able to sell it for. Market conditions vary with demand.