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Recovery Is A Key To Peak Performance

When you’ve got an important event coming up, or when you’re in the midst of your season, it can be tempting to overwork yourself and ignore recovery. The problem with this is that you can increase injury risk over the course of a season. And if you go into your important competition overworked or tired it’ll definitely affect your performance. The key is to find a way to include recovery during your season, and especially before events. Doing so will reduce injury risk and give you the best chance of peak performance.

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How Parents Can Monitor Their Child For Overuse Injuries In-Season

During the recent US Club Soccer webinar I participated in, I was asked this question by the host:

“What advice would you give to a parent of a youth soccer player regarding being proactive or reactive to injuries and overall health?”

 The question above was specific to soccer but the point I make here is applicable to all sports. By far and away the area where we can have the greatest impact with a sport that’s in-season is in monitoring for overuse injuries.

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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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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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Playing Through Injuries For The Championship Game

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: When there’s a championship game or other important contest, it can be tempting to simply try and play through an injury Some injuries could result in long term or permanent problems if you attempt to play…

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Sleep Times Have A Major Effect On Athletic Performance

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: An athlete’s natural sleep/wake cycle has a major effect on performance Early risers tend to perform at their best about 6 hours after waking; late risers tend to perform at their best about 11 hours after…

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Can A Basketball Warmup Program Prevent Basketball Injuries?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Specific basketball warmup programs focusing on balance and agility show reductions in lower extremity injury rates These warmup programs are attractive because they can become part of your normal pre-practice and pregame warmup I’m a fan…

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Safety Means Winning: 29 Medical Professionals On Sidelines At NFL Games

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: On any NFL gameday, there will be a minimum of 29 healthcare professionals on site The medical professionals are there to ensure player safety, and healthier players give the team a better chance at winning At…

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The “10,000 Hour Rule” And Young Athletes

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: The “10,000 Hour Rule” is adapted from a classic 1993 publication from Anders Ericsson and is widely quoted a the number of hours one must deliberately practice in order to become an expert performer Implementing a…

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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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