Stop Sports Injuries Blog: Stay in the Game by Staying Informed

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 2:55 PM

Better understanding the truths and myths behind sports injuries can help create a safer environment for young athletes. Dr. Robert Brophy examines some of the common myths about concussions in soccer, centrally those that revolve around heading the ball.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 2:31 PM

Getting back to the field after ACL surgery may seem like a long, daunting process. Breaking down the rehabilitation plan into smaller periods of time can help athletes manage their recovery and feel less overwhelmed. John Gallucci, Jr., author of Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide To Optimal Performance For Players, Parents and Coaches, shares his recovery plan for athletes who undergo ACL surgery.

Friday, May 23, 2014 9:15 AM

The prevalence of ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries in throwing athletes has grown substantially over the past several years, especially in the adolescent patient population. As more and more professional athletes successfully return to high levels of play after Tommy John surgery (or ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction), many young athletes, parents, and coaches have come to recognize that elbow injuries in throwing athletes are not necessarily career ending. Drs. Lance LeClere and Luke Oh explore some of the truths and myths surrounding this surgery.

 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:45 PM

While many believe that early sport specialization is the best way to prepare children for a successful career in sports at the elite levels, there is growing evidence that, in the long term, this may set them up for failure.  Children who specialize early may be at higher risk for injuries and burn-out than those who have more diverse experiences. Karen Y. Peck, MEd, ATC, shares her thoughts on the benefits of keeping kids active in multiple sports. 

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:59 PM

As the days get longer and the sun returns from its long winter hiatus, many young athletes return to spring and summer sports and physical activities.  However, waiting until the first day of spring practice to start getting into shape for the spring sports season may increase your risk for injury. Dr. Kenneth Cameron shares his tips for staying active in between seasons.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:12 AM

Hamstring strains are a very common soccer injury and cause a tremendous amount of games lost to injury at all levels. The hamstring is so utilized during soccer activities like running and kicking that the amount of injuries seen in this muscle is not surprising. John Gallucci, Jr., author of Soccer Injury Prevention and Treatment: A Guide To Optimal Performance For Players, Parents and Coaches, shares his tips for treating these injuries and getting back in the game.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:04 PM

Competition is part of life and we are all programmed to strive to be successful.  The temptations of winning and of becoming bigger and stronger can be quite powerful.  Performance enhancing drugs, especially anabolic steroids, have become widespread including usage by non-athletes who want to improve their physical appearance.  Younger athletes see their role models using these substances, only adding to their appeal.  Unfortunately, anabolic steroids have potential dangerous and permanent side effect, as Dr. Kenneth Fine discusses.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:54 PM

As many coaches, parents and players already know from personal experience, the ankle sprain makes up approximately 15% of the total injuries suffered by soccer athletes at all levels. However, there are varying degrees of ankle sprains. So, how do you identify an ankle sprain, and how do we treat and prevent it? Dr. John Gallucci, Jr., shares this information with young athletes in his first guest post on the STOP Sports Injuries blog.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:54 PM

The growing focus on youth sports injuries may be most apparent in baseball leagues and organizations across the country – often talk involves increasing pitch counts, overburdened arms and pitchers who are burnt out before even completing their high school playing career. New survey data adds to this evidence.

Thursday, April 10, 2014 12:44 PM

Sports can be a fun way to introduce your child into a lifelong healthy lifestyle.  Children need physical activity for growth and development, and sports participation helps with this goal.  Playing sports can promote socialization and teamwork.  This is important in the child’s development of self-esteem and goal setting. This post includes some tips for parents looking to get their kids involved.