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Science Or Magic After Injury?

By Dev Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Stick with scientifically proven methods to get you back as quickly as possible after an injury, avoid experimental treatments Always start with the correct diagnosis. This can be done through a Certified Athletic Trainer or a physician…

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Hockey Helmet Ratings Coming Soon from Virginia Tech

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Independent and objective scientific analysis is adding to our knowledge of football helmet safety The researchers at Virginia Tech will next analyze ice hockey helmets and then in the coming years look at baseball, softball, and…

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Resistance Training: Beginners Should Start Slow And Advance 10%

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University This week we’ll take one final look at a section from the consensus statement in the British Journal of Sports Medicine regarding the benefits of resistance training for young athletes. How should a novice young athlete start and…

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Resistance Training Start-Up Basics For Young Athletes

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Last week I wrote about the recently published consensus statement in the British Journal of Sports Medicine regarding the benefits of resistance training for young athletes. This week I will take a look at one section regarding the…

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Giving The Green Light To Resistance Training In Young Athletes

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University I am frequently asked questions about resistance training (otherwise called ‘weight training) for young athletes. Is it ‘right’ or ‘wrong?’ When is the right age to start? How can it be done safely? A recently published consensus statement…

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Keeping Your Core Healthy

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University In recent posts we’ve been discussing the importance of the large lower extremity muscles and core, especially for sports such as baseball. Today we’ll take a brief look at a few maintenance tips for the two dominant muscle…

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How Long Should A Young Athlete Rest?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University In January I wrote a post titled ‘3 Things High School Athletes Must Do Between Seasons‘. The summary of the three things is 1. Get some rest, 2. See a sports medicine specialist if you have nagging injuries,…

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Pay Attention To Low Back Pain In Young Athletes

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Key Points: A recent study shows that low back pain is the third most common injury complaint for young athletes, ranking behind knee and ankle injury A ‘pop’ or ‘snap’ associated with immediate pain signals a possible significant injury and should be evaluated immediately in the…

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What Can You Do For Your Kids With $99?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Key Points: In last week’s post I described some key points in David Epstein’s book, ‘The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,’ and follow up this week with my own experience with genetic testing. Having certain genes doesn’t necessarily mean you will have…

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Making The Super Athlete

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Key Points: David Epstein’s book, ‘The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,’ is a great look into scientific attempts to gauge “nature vs. nurture” in sports. There are more than 230 genes identified as of this writing that may have an effect on…

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