ligament

Let’s talk about ligament injuries. Ligaments attach bone to bone and provide stability to a joint. An injury to the ligament is called a sprain. There are three grades of ligament injuries: Grade I sprain is an injury to the substance of the ligament causing pain but minimal or no instability. (Instability means laxity or…

football season

Football steps into high gear: The Super Bowl is upon us. Millions of fans watch the last game on television, excited to see their stars score and find the way to glory. Every little boy in America dreams to be the next big NFL star. And as parents we want to support that dream, but…

football season

Football season at every High School in the US is about to start. And I am often asked if I would let my son play football. The number of times that I get asked this question has increased as the concerns about concussion has become a growing area of concern. I cringe when I hear…

Knee Pain

ACL tears in young children are on the rise. While reconstructive surgery is usually used in adults, non-operative treatment is recommended for children, at least initially. While a child is still growing, their joints are very different than a fully-grown adult. They are different anatomically and physiologically in many ways.  Children knee injuries including Anterior…

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…

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…

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…

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…

summer mentoring

First Virtual Summer Mentoring Camp for Team To Win was a BIG success Los Angeles. Due to the ongoing pandemic The West Coast Sports Medicine Foundation—Team To Win held its first virtual Summer Mentoring camp in August. The camp was a huge success with over 150 registrants. The fist virtual summer mentoring camp provided an…

female athlete

Female Athletes: Why they face different risks in sports!   With greater number of girls participating in sports has come an increased understanding of injuries and problems associated with the young female athlete. It is important for every coach, trainer, parent, and female athlete to be aware of the specific risks that girls face playing…

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