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Flexibility In Soccer Helps

An youth athlete's natural flexibility varies by age. Those with poor muscle flexibility experience more soreness, tenderness and pain after exercise. The less flexible the muscle, the more easily it is injured.   Here are simple tests to test flexibility of major muscles and tendons prone to injury in soccer.

Grocery and Convenience Stores: A Better Nutritional Bet At All-Day Events or Tournaments

At all day events or tournaments, stopping at a grocery or convenience store is usually a better bet than the concession stand, which typically offers foods that are high in fat, (e.g. nacho chips, cheese fries, and hot dogs) and are expensive. Many supermarkets have a soup and salad bar with a variety of healthy foods. With guidance from parents and coaches, young athletes can find healthy, high carbohydrate, low fat foods in every aisle of the store.

Customized Training Program Can Reduce Risk Of Injury to Elite Youth Athletes

Dr. Sonia Bell, MD,Physiatrist and former San Francisco Ballet dancer, talks about designing customized training programs to acclimate athletes to the hazards of their particular sport to reduce the risk of overuse injury.

Physiatrists Can Help Reduce Sports Injury Risk To Your Child

Physiatrist and former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, Dr. Sonia Bell, MD, talks about the role of a physiatrist in designing workouts for youth athletes to reduce the risk of injury and improve performance.

Recovering From A Sports Concussion Not Just A Waiting Game

Matt Stresak, Physician's Assistant at the Sports Concussion Institute in Marina del Rey, California, talks about the Institute's pro-active approach to concussion evaluation and management.

Rebounding From Injury

Darryl Floyd, former professional basketball player, coach/consultant and sports agent, talks about how to rebound from injuries and the importance of introspection and a support system to get an athlete back on his/her feet.

Questions To Ask During Pre-Participation Physical Evaluation or Exam

One of the most important parts of the preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE) most sports programs require is the taking of a complete medical history. Parents should make sure that, regardless of the PPE form their child's program uses, the health professional asks the right questions.

Conditioning Program Helps Prevent Youth Sports Injuries

Proper conditioning can reduce the risk of injury in all sports, including baseball and soccer. It is particularly important for female athletes, who are predisposed to instability or dislocation of the kneecap (patella), pain and problems under the kneecap, and non-contact injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), especially in sports like soccer and basketball that require twisting and cutting.

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