Brain Injury in sports

A Concussion Is a Brain Injury By Carol Frey MD Like the crazy cartoon characters who flop around in a daze with words like $%&@# in thought bubbles, kids can get conked on the head and can become disoriented during play or sports activities. You may have even heard a concussion described as “he got…

Baseball: Why Little League rules make so much sense. Baseball and Softball injuries sent over 100,000 children ages five to fourteen treated to hospital emergency rooms for baseball-related injuries in one year. Baseball also has the highest fatality rate among sports for kids ages five to fourteen (Lawson et al., 2009). Three to four children…

strength and conditioning

Strength and Conditioning – why these are the most important tools for young athletes     Strength and Conditioning programs for young athletes are means to prevent or reduce injuries. Published studies show that teams with good strength and conditioning programs have lower injury rates. I write about this in my book “Don’t Worry: My…

sports injuries are very common

Sports Injuries are part of playing sports in high school and college In general, the most common sports injuries in kids are sprains and strains, although more serious sports injuries can occur—even, sadly, death. But we are seeing an increase in the number of immature athletes with overuse injuries. It makes sense that if more…

Kids maturity in sports Kids maturity in sports – a story with several chapters. No topic is more discussed among sports parents than kids maturity in athletics. The bigger kids vs the smaller kids, advantage vs disadvantage? – I wanted to add a medical perspective to this topic regarding kids maturity that might be of…

Foot Pain: Injured athlete sitting on a wooden floor

California High School Injury Study An injury study among California High Schools reveals – ankles and knees are most vulnerable when it comes to injuries among High School students. This is the conclusion of an injury study my colleagues Keith Feder, MD, and Jill Sleight, ATC (a certified athletic trainer), and I conducted. We reported…

Football

Would I let my son play Football? Americans love football! – But would I let my son play football? – There is a great deal of passion surrounding the sport of for the players and the fans. I believe that the football experience should not be taken away from the kids who want to play….

Role Models are important

Role Models – Why parents are so important for young athletes! By Carol Frey, M.D. Role Models are important. And as a parent the definition of good role models is even more important. Playing sports is an emotional experience for kids. It builds character. Winning and losing teaches kids about the joy and disappointment in…

The mental game - the X-factor

The Mental Game – The most important X-factor in sports By Carol Frey M.D. A sound sports program will provide an environment where kids can develop physically and emotionally. And by emotionally, I mean the mental aspects of sport. It’s tricky. After passion, the mental game is probably the most important X factor. The young…

Young athletes need the right shoes

Orthotic devices for children – Do they really need them? Do children need orthotic devices? – That’s a question I  get a lot from my patients. The simple answer is no. Most kids do not need orthotic devices, but there are exceptions. Orthotic devices are inserts for the shoes that usually replace the sock liner…

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