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Physical Therapy for the Injured Athlete: An Introduction

First in a series of articles designed to educate parents on the ins and outs of the physical therapy process and decrease parental anxiety, some of which results from a fear of the unknown and/or frustration about not knowing what physical therapy is all about.

Physical Therapy: Parents Play Important Role

Physical therapist Patricia Ladis says parents of an injured athlete
play an important role in their child's physical therapy, at least at
the start.

Sports Injury Recovery A Step By Step Process

Allowing a sports injury to heal is only the first of seven steps in the recovery process a child should complete in rehabilitation and treatment before returning to play, experts say.

SmartTeams Talk Short: "Buy In " Needed From Coaches To Improve Sports Injury Prevention Says Nationwide Children's MacDonald

A leading pediatric sports medicine specialist says a better job needs to be done to get high school and youth coaches to "buy into" injury prevention, through increased education, physical follow-up, and providing web-based monitoring.

SmartTeams™ Talks: Dr. Tamara Valovich McLeod Introduces The SmartTeams Program

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA, Chair of the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still University, provides an overview of the SmartTeams program which implemented best youth sports health and safety practices in six pilot programs around the country in the fall of 2014.

SmartTeams™ Talks: Boston Children's Lyle Micheli Says Sports Injury Prevention At Youth Level Should Be A Priority

The godfather of modern sports medicine injury prevention and treatment, Boston Children's Dr. Lyle Micheli, provides a fascinating overview of the history of sports medicine from ancient Greece to modern times, and says that if there is one population we should try to keep safe and healthy it is youth athletes.

SmartTeams Talk Short: Address Sleep Deprivation In Youth Athletes To Reduce Injury Risk, Say Drs. Hainline and MacDonald

In their SmartTeams Talks, both Drs. Brian Hainline and Dr. Jim MacDonald said sleep deprivation among youth athletes needs to be addressed to reduce sports injury risk.

SmartTeams™ Talk: Nationwide Children's MacDonald Urges Multi-Pronged Public Health Approach To Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

A pediatric sports medicine specialist says that to prevent youth sports injuries we need to "think like Sweden" in setting as a goal zero youth sports injuries; use protective equipment such as properly fitted and maintained helmets, mouthguards, and goggles; and recognize that education is not enough to change the cultural and physical environment of youth sports, but requires active implementation of sports safety best practices at the grass roots level.

SmartTeams™ Talk: NCAA's Hainline Sees Overspecialization and Overuse Injuries As Signs of Broken Youth Sports Model

In a powerful SmartTeams Talk, the NCAA's Chief Medical Officer discusses two major NCAA-funded research studies on sport-related concussions and its efforts to address mental health issues among college athletes, and sees in the trend toward sports specialization and the overuse injury epidemic clear signs of a broken youth sports system.
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