Why Kids Keep Playing Sports

What makes kids drop out of sports, and equally importantly, what can we do to keep kids playing? It’s been commonly believed that boys play for the “competitive” aspects of team sports and girls play for the “social” aspects of sports. However, a recently published study of young soccer players shows that there are many similarities motivating kids to play sports: both girls and boys place a heavy emphasis on “fun”.

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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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Hydration Tips For Summer Sports

Dev K. Mishra, M.D., President, Sideline Sports Doc In last week’s post we discussed recognizing signs of heat illness. Today we will briefly discuss an even more important strategy?preventing dehydration and possible heat illness through a good hydration strategy. Start your summer sports activity by being properly hydrated One of the most important points is…

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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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