growth plate

“Growth Plate Injuries can often be mistaken as a sprain” 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…

agility and speed

Agility and Speed: Why these components are so important for most athletes. 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 athlete has an opportunity to play another sport, it is suggested that he or she sign…

foot problems

Foot Problems: Five Quick Moves To Relieve Them – And When Should I Replace My Athletic Shoes? Feet are under a lot of stress all day long. We don’t think about it that much, only when foot problems turn out to hinder us in our daily activities. Here are five easy moves to work out…

New Year's Resolution

New Year’s Resolutions: Why Are They So Difficult To Keep? 2021! – Another year is upon us. New Year’s Resolutions are a big favorite for all of us on New Year’s Eve. This is the year to lose the extra weight, this is the year to finally get in shape, 2021 is the one where…

water

Water is everywhere – why every athlete (and non-athlete) should drink it! Water is precious, and water is essential for everybody’s well-being. Kids should not wait until they are thirsty to drink. The same goes for adults. You should have heard that we should all drink eight-ounce glasses of water every day! Players require more…

auction

Please join us for our Online Fall Charity Auction! November 6th at 12PM – November 23rd at 12PM   With the ongoing health crisis, our work continues and we rely on the generous support of donors like yourself to serve and uplift our community. It is an especially tough time for our Team to Win schools,…

training

If you get nothing else out of this blog, I want you to know that kids’ sports injuries can be prevented in the majority of cases. Some sports injuries can even be predicted. Because more kids are participating year-around in multiple sports or specialized and participating in elite travel teams, the opportunity for injury has…

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. Eat…

Football

Normally, it would be Football season at every High School in the US right now. But due to Covid-19, we are all playing the waiting game right now. The NFL has started without a live audience in the stadium, and some colleges have decided to go ahead and start the season. A good time to…

conditioning

Conditioning is the key to success! Watching the US Open in New York this week, one aspect of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in regards to athletes became very apparent: Conditioning is the key word when it comes to getting ready during these “off” months. Most players showed superb improvement in their strength and conditioning on…

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