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When Can I Come Back From: Collarbone Fracture

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Collarbone (or “clavicle”) fractures are common in all age groups, especially in contact sports Most collarbone fractures can be treated without surgery and typically result in excellent function You should generally expect to return to sport…

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Athletic Trainers Are The Heroes Of Athletic Medicine

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A skilled athletic trainer (ATC) is an invaluable part of the student-athlete’s sports injury care Schools with ATCs will consistently have healthier athletes and lower rates of recurring injuries than those without an ATC I’d strongly…

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The Concussion Pill

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The symptoms after concussion could potentially be reduced or eliminated if proper treatment is started soon after diagnosis The exact pathways that cause concussion symptoms are not fully known, but there is a lot of ongoing…

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Are Girls At Higher Risk For Sports Injuries Than Boys?

From Midwest Orthopedics at Rush, Chicago, IL Note: this article is produced by our partners at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush in Chicago, Illinois and first appeared on their website: https://www.rushortho.com/news/sports-injury-risk-girls-or-boys School is back in session and that means youth athletes are returning to the field, court or track. Parents and players beware: recent reports have…

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Low Back Pain In The High School Athlete: Early Intervention Is The Key

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: I recommend proper physician evaluation for low back pain in the young athlete that’s been present for more than 2 weeks Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent a mild injury from turning into a severe injury…

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Timing ACL Surgery For High School Athletes
Knee Cap Instability: Surgery Or Rehab?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Knee cap instability is common in young athletes, especially in girls who participate in jumping, cutting, or pivoting sports Most mild instability issues and first time full dislocations can be treated without surgery Surgery is sometimes…

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Can 6 Questions Predict Elbow Injury Risk For Young Pitchers?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: We are gaining more knowledge about the factors responsible for overuse injuries and catastrophic elbow ligament tears in young pitchers It is far better to monitor and reduce load when appropriate to prevent injury, than to…

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Revisiting the Head First Slide and Breakaway Base Debates

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recent study shows that head first sliding has a higher injury risk than feet first sliding Additionally, breakaway bases also reduce injury risk from sliding Breakaway bases are required in Little League Baseball but have…

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Football Under Assault- But Good News About Heads Up Tackling

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recently published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed an alarmingly high percentage of brains of deceased football players had findings consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a brain disorder felt to…

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Be On The Lookout For Heat Illness and Exertional Heat Stroke

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Heat Illness is a broad term used for a range of problems such as dehydration, cramping, dizziness, heat exhaustion and a very serious problem called heat stroke Milder forms of heat illness are common in young…

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