• Lightning can be lethal: Here's what to know
    If you are running a team or league it's best to have a clear policy in place at the start of the season for a lightning safety protocol, identifying safe locations, and guidelines for resuming play.
  • Why ACL injury prevention programs should start when the players are young
    I believe in the value of the FIFA 11 program to reduce ACL and lower extremity injury rates, and make better soccer players.
  • Coping with Injury: Key steps to turning the setback into an asset
    For many athletes, whether an elite professional or a recreational athlete, dealing with the possibility of missing a really important event can create significant psychological challenges.
  • Caffeine for Athletic Performance: Good or Avoid?
    Let's have a look at a some issues around caffeine consumption for sport performance by age groups.
  • Low-back pain in the teenage athlete: Early intervention is the key
    I'm seeing more young athletes with low-back pain, it seems that the incidence is increasing.
  • Your crucial preseason checklist -- first-aid kit and emergency action plan
    With the spring season kicking off, this is the perfect time to make sure you've got the first-aid kit in order -- and ...
  • Teenagers, get good sleep! It has a major effect on athletic performance
    Most teenagers don't get enough sleep. Your sleep schedule plays a big role in your athletic performance.
  • Responding to a knee injury: When to immediately see a doctor or go to ER
    If you've just had a knee injury, now what? Do you need to go see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately?
  • Do you need an MRI to diagnose an ACL tear?
    Let me start this off with the short answer: a skilled sports knee surgeon has about a 90% chance of diagnosing an ACL tear based off the type of injury and the examination of the knee. So in the vast majority of injuries to the ACL, we use MRIs to confirm what we already suspect.
  • Concussion study indicates higher risk for females -- another reminder for coaches to review recognition protocols
    There is some very good evidence out of Columbia University in New York that women are in fact more likely to sustain a concussion than men, however their recovery times are similar (both took about 14 days).
  • Should you play sports when you're sick?
    We're in that time of year when people start sneezing and coughing all around you. It's pretty easy to catch a cold or sinus congestion to generally make you feel lousy. And at the same time your team continues to practice and play games.
  • A simple training technique with many benefits: running backwards
    Backwards running can be used in training, with several benefits, including for injury rehab and Improving muscular balance and coordination for defensive positioning.
  • Think food first: Refueling after training or games
    Here's another of those subjects that seems to make some people emotional -- why is it important for young athletes to refuel after exercise, when should this happen, and what drink/food is best?
  • Review your Emergency Action Plan
    An Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is a written set of systems and processes that are followed if a serious health or environmental condition occurs.
  • Take care of the mighty hamstring
    We're learning more and more about the importance of the hamstrings in injury prevention and overall athletic performance. Orthopedic surgeons have long been taught that the hamstrings are the "friend" of the ACL.
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