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SmartTeams™ Talk: Overuse Injuries: Free Play, Conditioning and Rest Are Keys to Prevention

The three keys to minimizing overuse injuries, says a pediatric sports medicine doctor, are to let kids play without adult supervision, make sure they get in shape before sports season, and get rest and a break from sports.

ACL Injuries Increase Among School-Aged Children and Adolescents

New research confirms what doctors working with young athletes already suspected: the number of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears among youths, particularly high school students, has risen during the past 20 years.

ACL Injury Rate Significantly Higher For Female High School Athletes

A new research paper finds the overall rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among high school athletes is significantly higher among females, who are especially likely to experience ACL tears while playing basketball, soccer and lacrosse.

Selecting and Fitting Footwear for Fall Sports

As the summer wanes and the school year approaches, it's time to start thinking about your child's footwear for fall sports. A quick look in the closet to see what's already there won't do, because it's very likely that your child's feet have changed since your last purchase.

10 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Avoid Overuse Injuries and Burnout in Sports

Multiple injuries among young athletes highlight the need for rest to prevent overuse injuries, overtraining, and burnout. Here are 10 ways experts say parents can help avoid these problems.

Celebrating National Foot Health Awareness Month And A New MomsTEAM Sponsor


People often ask me often what I think the most important piece of safety equipment is for a particular sport. I know I catch them off guard when, instead of saying a helmet, mouth guard, shin guard, or safety goggles (all of which are very important, of course), I say that it is best-made and best-fitting pair of shoes and socks which are the critical to a successful day of activities.

In honor of April as National Foot Health Awareness Month, Executive Director Brooke de Lench talks about the importance of socks and welcomes a new corporate underwriter and sponsor, Thorlo Socks.

ACL Failure Risk Increased in Young Patients Using Allografts

Young athletes perform much better after reconstructive surgery on a torn ACL using allografts (tissue from a cadaver) versus autografts (the patient's own tissue), a first-ever study finds.

Young Athletes at Greater Risk for Re-Injury after ACL Surgery

One in three young athletes who undergo ACL surgery experiences re-injury within 15 years, according to a study by Australian researchers.

SmartTeams Talk Short: Don't Drink Kool-Aid On Perceived Benefits Of Early Sport Specialization, Warns Jayanthi

A leading researcher on sport specialization says data shows that there is only one sport, gymnastics, in which early intensive training/specialization before the age of 12 is necessary for success at the elite level.
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