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,…

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…

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…

stretching feels good

Stretching is often times underrated by athletes and non-athletes. In my book “Don’t worry: My Mom is the team doctor” book link here I talk about the importance of stretching. In this blog I want to give you some practical tips of ways to warm up your muscles and therefore avoid injury. A good way…

Conditioning for the young athlete The majority of kids will have a good time playing sports, especially when the prepare for the activity. Kids should acquire skills, train their bodies, and learn to protect themselves so they are less at risk for injury. This is important for every sport. Young athletes need to learn the…

young soccer player

The Biggest Risks for Kids Playing Sports Let’s just look at the reality of the world of sports for kids. This is what we know: · Children have less coordination, slower reaction times, immature muscularity, immature nervous systems, less motor skill, and are not as accurate as adults. By this I mean, children do not…

football

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…

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