• 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.
  • Drink up: Hydration tips for summer soccer
    In a previous Youth Soccer Insider we discussed recognizing signs of heat illness. Now we will discuss an even more important strategy -- preventing dehydration and possible heat illness through a good hydration strategy.
  • Heat Illness: How to recognize it in young athletes
    I am often asked this time of year about some strategies for coaches and parents to recognize heat illness, and for some strategies to manage the young athlete. With that in mind let's review some basic principles.
  • The road to recovery: How to overcome the fear of re-injury
    As a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon, one of my primary tasks with an athlete recovering from surgery or injury is to make sure the patient gets the best possible outcome. Traditionally, from the orthopedic surgeon's viewpoint that means achieving things like full range of motion, normal strength, and joint stability.
  • Injured Player? Take Safe Steps in the Return-To-Play Decision
    One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It's very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and perhaps put an injured player back in the game before he or she is really ready. The emphasis on the sideline should always be directed toward athlete or child safety.
  • Hey Coach, set a good example: Use and share sunscreen
    In several published studies it's been shown that only about 20% of outdoor sport athletes routinely use proper sunscreen for daytime practices and games.
  • The teenager's challenge: Sleep well, play well
    I'm sure anyone who's raised an adolescent or teenager can attest to the idea that teenagers don't get as much sleep as they need.
  • Injury prevention warmup programs work: Use One!
    I'm a big believer in using warmup-based training programs as part of the overall effort to reduce the numbers of injuries in athletes. I've previously written about the FIFA 11+ and we include videos with support from Dr. Bert Mandelbaum in our Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course for coaches. The early evidence about the FIFA 11+ showed dramatic reductions in many types of lower extremity injuries in soccer with no downside.
  • Ankle Sprain: When can I play again?
    There's never a good time to be injured. As we come up to the end of many winter sports, players often have their eyes on championships or important tournaments. When an injury happens one of the most important questions the young athlete wants to know is "when can I play again?"
  • Should you play sports when you're sick?
    We're getting in to 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. You want to keep playing, so should you just try to play through it or should you sit out and get better (and maybe do your teammates a favor by not getting them sick)?
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