The vision of the TPS Committee on Adolescence and Sports Medicine is to improve the health of all Texas adolescents and the capacity of the providers and medical homes that care for them.
The mission of the TPS Committee on Adolescent and Sports Medicine is to promote excellent health and health care for adolescents in Texas through provider education, legislative advocacy, and network building among medical providers, community programs, professional societies, adolescents and families.
Resources for Parents
General health & parenting
Act for Youth Center for Excellence-A great site about adolescent development!
Healthychildren.org- Information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics many programs and activities, policies and guidelines, publications and other child health resources with info on a variety of adolescent topics for teens and parents.
Center for Young Women's Health-An educational entity that exists to provide teen girls and young women with carefully researched health information, and special health education programs & conferences by and for teens at the Center for Young Women's Health.
Young Men's Health- The purpose of the website is to provide carefully researched health information to teenage boys and young men and to help teen boys and their parents improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions.
Advocates for Youth- Resources for raising sexually health kids and talking to kids/teens about sex, abstinence, contraception and other personal topics
Parenting Teens-About.com-This website has a great deal of has information -- articles, quizzes, and free on-line courses on a variety of topics including talking to teens, helping teens with self-esteem, dating and many others. Addresses promoting positive behaviors as well as addressing problem ones (bullying, drug use, etc.)
Health Education Resource Exchange-A collection of handouts, pamphlets and resources on all aspects of health. The above link is to the adolescent page which has handouts specifically for parents on adolescent concerns. There is information on topics of interest to people of all ages as well.
The National Parenting Center- A large library of articles on topics from mental health, diabetes, eating disorders, plastic surgery and more.
Keep Kids Healthy-For parents of both younger kids and teens with information ranging from vaccinations, parenting, first aid, anger, chores…
Family Education- Divided by age group – the adolescent section is a large library of topic indexed under 6 primary headings including college readiness, parenting teens, smoking, vacationing with teens and others
Children's Mercy Hospital - Handouts on many parenting topics – about teens and also younger children
Family Doctor - A library of handouts on a wide variety of medical concerns for adults and teens
Girls Health - Information for parents of teen girls on emotional health, physical health, safety, bullying, drugs and others. Gives the option to sign up for a periodic e-newsletter on parenting teens.
American Academy of Child & AdolescentPsychiatry-Resources centers with indexed information for each of the following concerns: anxiety, ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, depression, conduct disorder, disaster (post traumatic stress), and oppositional defiant disorder
National Institute of Mental Health-Short videos as well as articles and useful links on a variety of mental health topics
Talking to Teens about Tough Topics
Advocates for Youth- Talking to teens about sex, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.
Children Now- Covers initiating conversations about a wide variety of topics – divorce, HIV, violence, TV, death…
Planned Parenthood- Lots of information on talking to teens about sex, healthy relationships, puberty, and boundry setting/parenting
Internet safety and Bullying/cyberbullying:
Stop Bullying Now- Addresses physical bullying and harassment as well as cyber bullying
Stop Cyberbulling- Information by age about internet safety, internet etiquette, how to handle being bullied and quizzes to see if you are being a cyberbully, also includes a section for parents.
Kidscape- Downloadable handouts and articles for parents, teens, kids and schools on bullying
Teen Bullying,What Parents Can Do- Article for parents of teens
Internet Safety Tips and Advice- Has family contract, safety quiz for teens and a list of other resources
Parenting LGBTQ teens
Hatch Youth-Hatch Youth is dedicated to empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual and allied youth, ages 13-20, to become positive contributors to society by providing a safe social environment, offering role models and peer support.
PFLAG-(English, Spanish) the nation's largest family and ally organization, committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBT people through its threefold mission of support, education, and advocacy.
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network-Safe Space programs for schools, including free downloadable Safe Space posters and stickers. Resources for LGBT students, their allies, and their families, including support to create a school GSA (gay-straight alliance)
Nutrition and Eating disorders
Food & Nutrition Information Center Run by the Food and Nutrition Information Center branch of the USDA; has information and links about vitamins and supplements, calories of many fast food items, and dietary guidelines (the food pyramid).
Teen Futures Media Network General information about nutrition with additional sections on eating disorders and body image
Acedemy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association; Information available on health lifestyles, nutrition fact sheets, nutrition and food guide, also a frequently asked questions section.
Academy for Eating Disorders Information on risk factors, disease course and outcomes, consequences of eating disorders and treatment.
Parenting-About.com Information on taking to teens about drugs, specific drugs, and quizzes to help focus parental concerns around drug use
National Institue on Drug Abuse provide links to resources for caregivers of teens.
Other topics (e.g teens and driving)
Teen Driver Source A resource to help parents assist teens with becoming safe drivers.
Resources for Adolescents
General teen health sites:
Center for Young Women's Health (English, Spanish) Fantastic site with great handouts on a variety of health topics including health problems, nutrition, sexuality, periods, puberty, emotional health, exercise and others.
Health Education Resource Exchange A large collection of handouts, pamphlets and resources on all aspects of health
Family Doctor Has both English and Spanish handouts on a large variety of health concerns (colds, infections, sports injuries, eating disorders, etc.)
Go Ask Alice! Answers questions submitted by teens on body/sex, emotions, health, friends, sport, alcohol, drugs and nutrition.
TeenHealthFX Has a teen and physician advisory board, addresses health, emotions, fitness, nutrition, drugs, sex, relationships and more. Has a great list of related internet links for further information on topics covered by the site.
TeensHealth English and Spanish Information for teens in English and Spanish about the body, mind, physical and emotional health, relationships, drugs and alcohol, sexuality, and many other topics
Healthy Children A variety of information for teens/young adults and parents on topics including college readiness, acne, puberty, communication and more in both Spanish and English
GirlsHealth Interactive site and blog, stories by other young women, info on fitness, nutrition, feelings, relationships, bullying, disability and drugs – among other topics.
MedlinePlus Information and research on large number of sports injuries ranging from sprains to knee injuries and swollen muscles
Children's Health of Atlanta Covers injury prevention as well as describing various injuries that are organized into different catagories- upper body, neck, spine, back, and lower body.
Healthy Children AAP Describes the role of a sports medicine specialist, the kind of training the have, and what treatment they provide.
University Interscholastic League The sports physical form your doctor completes so you can play sports at school
Drug use (see also the “general health” and “personal concerns” sections)
Nutrition and Eating disorders
Choose My Plate (Spanish & English) Run by the Food and Nutrition Information Center branch of the USDA; has information and links about vitamins and supplements, calories of many fast food items, and dietary guidelines (the food pyramid).
Teen Health and the Media General information about nutrition with additional sections on eating disorders and body image. Also explains media challenges, has current news, and lists additional resources with links.
Eat Right Sponsored by the American Dietetic Association; Information available on health lifestyles, nutrition fact sheets, nutrition and food guide, also a frequently asked questions section. Contains video posts and recipes too.
Something Fishy General information about eating disorders. Expanins signs and factors, how to help loved ones, prevention and courses and online support.
Stop Bullying Addresses physical bullying and harassment as well as cyber bullying. Provides information on prevention as well as policies. Also has a blog.
STOP Cyberbullying Information by age about internet safety, internet etiquette, how to handle being bullied and quizzes to see if you are being a cyber-bully. Outlines the law and how to take action.
Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center (Spanish & English) Bullying resources for teens and parents with special health care needs, also resources for students that want to help stop the bullying of others. Contains videos, stories, and how to get involved.
Kidscape Downloadable handouts and articles for parents, teens, kids and schools on bullying
That Not Cool An app that raises awareness around the issues of digital dating abuse. Offers an ambassador program and a social hub to share quotes and awareness.
Personal concern (dating/relationships, substance use, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases …)
I Wanna Know Focused on sexual health with links for: Sexual readiness, talking with partners and parents, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), FAQ (frequently asked questions), ask the expert (teens can submit questions), puberty, abstinence and safe sex.
Positive (English & Spanish) Run by the Coalition for Positive Sexuality addressing sexuality concerns for all teens (straight, unsure, gay and lesbian). Concerns addressed include sexual readiness, pregnancy, birth control, sexual violence, and more.
Planned Parenthood (Spanish & English) Has an A-Z glossary section and also provides information about food, sex, body, dating, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/questioning teens (LGBTQ), friends, and birth control.
Teen Source Sexual health for youth to encourage informed decision making. Informatiuon about birth control, STDS, relationships, and knowing your rights as a teen.
Sex, Etc. Has an “ask-the-expert” section, personal stories, information on oral contraceptives, gay teens, health, pregnancy/parenting, violence, abuse and abstinence. Has a forum section an interactive polls.
Children's Hospital at Montefiore Adolescent Medicine page for AIDS, preventions, testing, and being HIV+.
Advocates for Youth (Spanish & English) version Covers a variety of (mostly) sexual topics – sexual violence, LGBTQ, abstinence, abortion, body image, condoms, education in schools and more. Encourages teen involvement/advocacy.
inSpot - (Spanish & English) Website that provides a free ecard to anonymously notify partners about the senders (or your) positive sexually transmitted disease test.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ)
The Trevor Project This project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. They have a blog, chat, provide replies to submitted questions and also have a 24 hour hotline for all teens, with special attention for LGBTQ youth -- 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)
Out Proud Online forum for advocacy information and support for LGBTQ youth, fact sheets, resources of local support groups, coming out stories, news that affect the community. Also has a list of crisis resources.
Youth Guardian Services Separate chat email lists for gay and lesbian youth (youth lists) and for friends and family of LGBTQ youth based on age.
Hatch Youth Support group for Houston area LGBTQ teens, with events calendar. Site has resources and information on parents, school, mental health, and more.
Center for Young Women's Health Has health guides, parents' guides, quizzes and a Q&A section. Health Guides are organized alphabetically by topic.