Co-Director West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation Director, Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Young athletes are either still growing or have only recently reached skeletal maturation. On average, females obtain their full height at age fourteen, and males at age sixteen. However, there is a wide range of skeletal maturation rates, and variations of a year or…

youth sports

  Youth Sports MATTER! – In this blog you find out why, and you might discover some good advice for parents and coaches alike… In the US, around thirty million kids participate in organized youth sports. Some of those kids are yours. And more than 3.5 million kids bill be injured playing youth sports. Chances…

young athletes

Does the shoe really fit – sensible shoe advise for young athletes In general, young athletes are wearing shoes that are too small. As a result of wearing too-small shoes, these kids may be at risk for developing significant foot deformations over time. The solution to the problem is relatively easy. Follow the instructions below,…

food equals fuel

  Food equals fuel for all athletes. This blog tells you what young athletes should and should not eat. Breakfast is the most important meal. I don’t think that’s a big secret anymore. Best breakfast choices are fruit, yogurt, whole grain bread, cheese, protein shakes, eggs, meat, fish, avocado and whole grain pancakes or waffles….

back pain

Back Pain accounts for 5 to 8 percent of reported youth sports injuries. If you thought only Grandma had back pain, you would be incorrect. Kids experience injuries to their backs, but, unlike Grandma, their low back pain is rarely from anything specific and usually goes away without any treatment. It is more likely that…

Why Conditioning Matters! A year-around or preseason conditioning program is important for all athletes – weekend warriors and serious competitors alike! And here is my medical advice as to why that is… Weight lifting is key to prevention, and all athletes are considered beginners unless they have strength training incorporated into their program. At an…

agility

Agility and speed training is probably the most important training that any athlete will benefit from. This should be done during the season and off-season. If the child has an opportunity to play another sport, it is suggested that he or she sign up for track and file because the activity provides excellent aerobic conditioning,…

female athlete

Female athletes need to be evaluated for certain problems specific to girls before they start into the new season. In this blog we examine those specific evaluations. 1. Scoliosis Curvature of the spine is much more common in female athletes and tends to occur in adolescence. During the preseason examination, your doctor should include a…

Slackline Injuries increase with popularity of activity Slacklines are flexible tightropes made from flat, nylon webbing placed about four feet off the ground. The lines are like a thin trampoline. And, as reported in multiple medical articles, trampolines are dangerous! People mainly walk on slacklines but they also do tricks such as back flips and…

trampoline injuries

Trampoline Injuries: The hidden danger in our backyards Trampolines are simply danger waiting to happen. That’s why owners are, in some states, required to keep trampolines behind locked gates. Nearly 80,000 children ages fourteen and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for trampoline-related injuries in 2008. Instruction is needed to jump safely along with spotters…

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