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Chewing Gum Or Chewing Mouthguard? Take Your Pick

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Gum chewing during sports is low risk. Chew if you like to, but there are few if any performance benefits. No gum chewing during sports for kids 5 and younger due to a higher choking risk…

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How About Some Hot Sauce With That Leg Cramp?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Muscle cramps are painful, involuntary contractions of a muscle Many theories have been made over the years about cause and risks for muscle cramps, including poor warmup, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances New theories about muscle cramps…

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Taking The Ice Bath Plunge For Muscle Soreness- Helpful or Not?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Ice baths have been popular with adult endurance athletes for a long time, and are claimed to reduce soreness and improve recovery The available evidence seems to indicate that post exercise ice – or heat –…

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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 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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Simple Test For Return To Play After Ankle Sprains

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Ankle sprains can be surprisingly tricky to recover from; a number of these will have ongoing issues needing therapy A simple way to test for readiness to return to play after an ankle injury is to…

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The Future Of Sports: The Young Athlete

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A recent report called The Future of Sports sheds light on opinions from a group of futurists touching on many areas in the world of sports. While aimed principally at adults, the report also has several aspects…

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Don’t Let An Injury Stop You From Exercising

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Being injured doesn’t always mean you need to completely stop all exercise or sport activity. Don’t be afraid to have a discussion with your doctor, physical therapist, or athletic trainer about modifications or alternate activity during your…

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Legal Supplements for High School Athletes

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Supplement use is common amongst high school athletes Supplements such as creatine and protein powder have good safety profiles for use in teenagers You must purchase from a very high quality manufacturer otherwise you risk having banned…

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