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,…

carol frey

Carol Frey, M.D. is a current honoree recognized in the 2020 Southern California Super Doctors® list, as published in Southern California Super Doctors Magazine delivered with the Los Angeles Times and online at www.superdoctors.com. THE SUPER DOCTORS SELECTION PROCESS The selection process for Super Doctors is a rigorous multi-step process designed to identify healthcare providers…

knee

What are the parts of the knee? Your knee is made up of four main things: bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. Bones. Three bones meet to form your knee joint: your thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). Your patella sits in front of the joint and provides some protection. Articular cartilage. The ends of…

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….

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…

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…

NFL donation

NFL Donation by L.A. Chargers and L.A. Rams makes huge impact for local schools “This donation will make a huge impact to provide full-time and part-time certified athletic trainers to underserved high schools in the Los Angeles region.” – Dr. Keith Feder, Founder of West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation and Medical Director of our West…

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