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Hockey Rules And Equipment Changes Reduce Injury Risk

In collision-based sports such as hockey and tackle football, modifications to rules and equipment are effective ways to reduce injury risk. The authors of a recently published clinical review state that “Preventative measures, such as mandatory facial protection and delayed body checking in games until age 13 years, are proven strategies to reduce the risk of facial injury and concussion.”

Many of the advocated tactics are based upon common sense, however, prospective studies are now starting to show that these efforts lead directly to a reduction in injury risk and injury rates.

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Hip Pointers

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The term “hip pointer” refers to a bruise of the muscles and soft tissue attachments to the top of the pelvis bone, near the area where your shorts or pants would be A hip pointer occurs…

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Spleen Injuries – Sneaky And Possibly Dangerous

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The spleen is the most commonly injured abdominal organ during sports An enlarged spleen, such as from mononucleosis, places an athlete at additional risk of injury to the spleen Emergency treatment is critical to ensure the…

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Ban Youth Tackle Football? Provocative NYT Article Is Worth A Read.

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Author Gregg Easterbrook recently published an excellent thought-provoking article in which he stated the risks of brain injury might be significantly reduced by banning tackle football until at least age 12 One cited scientific study showed that…

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Hockey Training Tips: Off-Ice Balance Training

By Steve Chmielewski, DPT Physical Therapist at Athletico, Westchester, IL Key Points: This blog post first appeared in Sports Medicine Weekly, founded by our partner Dr. Brian Cole The author points out the need for proper balance training as part of off-ice preseason hockey preparation, to improve power and reduce injury risk especially to the…

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Will We Need To Rethink Tackle Football For 12-Year-Olds?

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recently published scientific study showed that retired NFL players who started playing tackle football before age 12 scored substantially worse on tests of brain function than other players who started after age 12 Both groups scored…

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Returning To Sports After ACL Surgery

By Geoffrey Abrams, M.D. Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University And Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Most surgeons will like to see at least 90% strength in the operated knee and 100% motion compared to the normal knee before allowing a return…

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Timing Your ACL Surgery

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Young athletes will typically need 9 to 12 months to successfully return to sports. Pick your most important upcoming events and work backwards for at least 9 months. That’s the latest you should have your surgery….

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Arthroscopic Surgery For FAI In Young Athletes

By Marc Safran, M.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University And Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: FAI surgery is sometimes necessary to return the athlete to sports participation Results from FAI surgery are generally excellent, with 95% of athletes returning to sport at…

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Hip and Groin Injuries in Young Athletes

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University And Marc Safran, M.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Muscle strains are the most common hip and groin injuries in young athletes and will typically improve with simple measures An ‘avulsion fracture’ can occur in the…

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