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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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Should You Play Sports When You’re Sick?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: We are getting in to “common cold season” where many around you will be sneezing If you have a cold you should avoid team practices so you don’t pass the cold on to your teammates However…

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Using Painkillers To Play

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or ibuprofen are commonly used to reduce pain and soreness from mild sports injuries. It’s okay for young athletes to occasionally use these medications for sports related aches and soreness…

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The Stephen Curry Model For The Young Athlete

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: This week I’d like to direct you to a Wall Street Journal article about Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry and his multi-sport childhood. Delaying single sport specialization is a model we’ve written about many times,…

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Messing With Success

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Today’s post is purely my opinion, with some observations on parental influence in teenage athletics. Towards the end of the school year, we gather with the Athletic Trainers and coaching staff  to see what worked and what didn’t…

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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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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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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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