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Risk Factors For Adolescent Stress Fractures

Stress fractures in adolescent athletes are unfortunately fairly common. Here’s an interesting recently published scientific study that aims to identify risk factors for stress fractures in adolescent athletes. The authors found several characteristics associated with stress fracture risk: lower than normal body mass index, four weeks or more history of shin splints, minimal involvement in weight training, decreased amount of sleep, daily stress, and low dairy intake.

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Caffeine For Athletic Performance: Good Or Avoid?

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Caffeine ingestion for sport performance is generally fine for adults and associated with performance benefits. Side effects must be closely monitored. A large number of teenage athletes consume caffeine and other stimulants but the potential for more…

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Two Protein Bars That Work

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Nutrition bars are a smart choice when you need portable nutrition Aim for nutrition bars that are made from naturally occurring ingredients and feature high protein and zero or very low sugar There are many choices…

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Is Sugar Killing Our Kids?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Processed sugar and high fructose corn syrup are likely responsible for a number of negative health issues, such as obesity and metabolic syndrome Create a lifetime healthy habit by eliminating processed sugars from a kid’s diet,…

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Refueling After Training Or Games

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Muscle recovery after exercise requires a combination of carbs and protein. Muscle is believed to recover better if refueling starts in the first hour or two after exercise. Start as soon as possible (ideally in the…

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Do’s And Don’ts Of Supplements For Young Athletes

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Supplement use in high school aged athletes is very common, especially amongst male athletes Whenever possible get your “supplement” from food first, for example, lean meats and tofu are excellent natural sources If you do buy,…

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The Female Athlete Triad: A Serious Problem Needing Careful Attention

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The ‘female athlete triad’ is a combination of eating disorder, lack of menstrual cycle, and low bone density This is a complex medical issue requiring care from a number of medical professionals If not treated, the female…

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Sports Nutrition (Including The Wonders Of Chocolate Milk!) Radio CaptainU Interviews Nancy Clark, Internationally Renowned Sports Nutritionist.

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: For serious athletes at any age, nutrition is an often overlooked but incredibly important component of athletic performance Each body will react differently to food and fluid recommendations, it’s best to do a bit of experimenting…

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Manage The Heat And Humidity So You Don’t Go ‘Lebroning??

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Ok, even the most diehard Miami Heat fans must have thought the photos of various people ‘Lebroning’ were a little bit funny. But the reality is that a severe muscle cramp and heat illness can be very serious….

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You Need To Train Like An Olympic Athlete

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc I’m sure you’re watching at least a little bit of the Winter Olympics, and hopefully you’ve been impressed with some of the spectacular performances. What’s interesting to me is that the outdoor events are in almost ‘tropical’ conditions, at least as far as events conducted on…

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