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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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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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Pregame Pain Medication For Youth Sports: How Common Is This?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc For better or worse, the professional athlete who claims that he’s no role model for kids is inescapably a role model. So what are we to make of recent data that a very high percentage of professional soccer players at the 2010 World Cup regularly required…

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