As sports begin to be played at all levels, athletes are excited to return to play. Many have been training on their own during the coronavirus lockdowns. But factors other than training and conditioning may lead to a much greater risk of injury during the return-to-play phase.
Young athletes who do not achieve a 90 percent score on a battery of tests that measure fitness to return to athletic competition, including quadricep strength, are at increased risk for a second knee injury, according to research presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine. Orthopedic surgeons and sports… Continue reading ACL Injury Risk Higher After Return to Sport For Some Athletes: Study
I’ve been around the Youth Fitness and Training arena for over 2 decades. I’ve learned a lot in that time, especially from my mistakes. That’s why it pains me to see the same mistakes being made over and over in the training of young athletes and children in general. In many ways, parents can be… Continue reading 5 Deadly Sins Parents and Coaches Commit in Training Young Athletes
Sixty million kids participate in organized athletics each year with ever increasing amounts of children specializing in one sport before the age of 14 with hopes of a college scholarship or professional career on the line. However, researchers presenting their work at the AOSSM/AANA Specialty Day today reveal that this early intense participation might come… Continue reading Early Sports Specialization Linked to Higher Injury Rates in College Athletes
It stands to reason that young people who play organized sports are going to get injured. But while young athletes are susceptible to the ankle sprains, wrist fractures and other acute injuries that are common among competitors of all ages, numerous studies indicate that approximately half of the sports-related injuries among children and adolescents in… Continue reading Half of Youth Sports Injuries Caused by Overuse and Preventable, According to Doctors
Nobody is lukewarm on deadlifts. You either love them or hate them. In fact, a lot of people love them and hate them while many others love to hate them. Let’s face it, they challenge you in ways that no other exercise can. Deadlifts don’t care what college you went to (or whether you did,)… Continue reading 10 Reasons Why You Just Gotta Deadlift!
It starts as a persistent and irritating pain in the foot or lower leg, then it gets more intense, maybe with swelling, and soon a runner knows she’s being sidelined by one of the most common running injuries: a stress fracture. These tiny cracks in the bone can halt training for months or even end… Continue reading Athletes, Stress Fractures and Ground Force Reaction: Study
With regard to warm-up activities for youth athletes, what’s the main purpose? Is it to stimulate an increase in cardiorespiratory rate and “get the blood flowing?” Is it to improve movement, enhance the stable ROM in major joints? Is it to “get them in here” and fully present to the activities to come? Or is… Continue reading Warm-ups: What’s the Purpose?
Early Sports Specialization is a phrase every coach and trainer has heard. Even many parents are familiar with the term. But what does it mean? Is it a bad idea? What are the risks? Are there rewards? On this episode, I offer a few thoughts about early specialization and what it can mean for athletes.… Continue reading Podcast: Early Sports Specialization: A Path to Burnout and Injury?
We’ve all done it. Over-indulged in something and paid the price. Too much dessert or one toomany drinks. The aftermath is rough, but you get through it, right? Well, what if over-indulging in something that’s good for you might have the potential to damage your health? What if it might even be fatal? Overtraining can… Continue reading Podcast:Overtraining? 9 Signs to Watch For