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Your Player’s Been Injured – Now What?

One of the toughest decisions in youth sports is determining when a player who has suffered an injury is ready to return to action. It’s very easy to get caught up in the moment of competition and perhaps put an injured player back in the game before he or she is really ready. The emphasis on the sideline should always be directed towards athlete or child safety.

In today’s post we’ll share some tips on how to evaluate a player pregame, in-game, and introduce you to our new app to help you with the “go” or “no-go” decision.

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Teenage Growth Spurt: A Risky Time For Soccer Injury In Males

Parents and coaches of young athletes generally have a sense that injuries happen more frequently in the teenage years than they did when the players were younger. A recently published scientific study following young male soccer players at an elite Dutch soccer academy shows that the injury risk is quite high.

In this well conducted study the researchers found a substantially higher injury burden in the U16 (48%), U15 (28%), and U17 (21%) age groups compared to the mean. The six months following peak height velocity were identified as the riskiest time period. Coaches of male players in these age groups should pay particular attention to training load, early intervention for injury, and proper monitoring of return to play.

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Five Player Safety Tips To Put In Place Now

Today’s post is directed towards coaches, but parents can benefit from these tips too. Maybe your sport is football, or soccer, or cross-country. Whatever it is, you’re thick in to your fall season, focusing on practices, competition and hopefully aiming for playoffs. In spite of everything you’re busy with there are still some important steps you can take now to make sure you’re performing at your best. I recently participated in a webinar with US Club Soccer, and adapted here for any sport are five areas to revisit now:

Monitor your players’ training loads
Be aware of weather safety, especially lightning and cold weather
Take 15 minutes to review your on-field injury recognition protocols
Make sure you’re up to speed on concussion evaluation
Use a good dynamic warmup, and if you’re a soccer team start using the FIFA 11+

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US Club Soccer Leading The Way In Player Health And Safety

In today’s post I’d like to highlight a webinar I participated in recently with US Club Soccer, which you can view here.  The focus of the webinar was on key aspects of player health and safety, from the perspective of immediate steps a team or coach can take while in-season. In the webinar, led by Ashley Lehr of US Club Soccer, we cover four areas. In coming weeks I’ll dig deeper into each of these areas in separate posts but here they are:

What can coaches do today to prevent injuries & keep players healthy?
What goals should a club have regarding the health and safety training for their coaches?
What advice would you give to a parent of a youth soccer player regarding being proactive or reactive to injuries and overall health? What could a parent encourage their child to do throughout the season?
What are some of the common misconceptions about player health at the different ages in youth soccer?

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The Young Athlete Is Not A Small Professional

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Young athletes (and their parents) often try to emulate the rapid return to sport after injury that we see in adult professional athletes Due to many factors associated with the unique needs of the young athlete…

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Hiding From Concussions

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recently published article in the American Journal of Sports Medicine showed that a large number of college athletes indicated that they had not reported prior concussions to trainers or coaches Reasons for non-reporting essentially fell…

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Ivy League Bans Tackling At Football Practices: A Sign Of Things To Come?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The Ivy League took the extraordinary step to ban all player-to-player tacking at football practices. The news was reported this week by the New York Times The ban is designed to reduce the risk of concussion,…

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Reduce Parent-Coach Misunderstanding With The Preseason Talk

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: It’s very important to have a discussion with parents prior to the club season to establish a decision process for dealing with on-field injuries A good preseason discussion will reduce in season misunderstandings and stress especially…

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Injury Recognition Matters. US Club Soccer Partners With Sideline Sports Doc To Bring Injury Recognition Training To Coaches.

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University   Brian Cole, M.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Head Team Physician, Chicago Bulls (NBA)   Tal David, M.D. Synergy Specialists Medical Group, San Diego, CA Head Team Physician, San Diego Chargers (NFL)   Bert Mandelbaum,…

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The Multi-Sport Prescription

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: We have a strong cultural bias towards early sport specialization, with the belief that specialization from the youngest ages is the best way to achieve elite status as teenagers or young adults However, early sport specialization is…

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