All Articles by Lindsey Barton Straus, JD

Heading in Youth Soccer: The Debate Continues

A new youth soccer safety campaign urging middle schools and under-14 soccer leagues to eliminate heading in the sport has sparked renewed interest in the controversial issue, but is also being criticized for advancing a slanted view of the science.

Most Food and Beverage Consumed At Youth Baseball Games Unhealthy, Study Finds

High-calorie snacks and sugar-sweetened beverages dominate the concession stand menus at youth baseball games, finds a new observational study, contributing to unhealthy dietary practices for children and adults.

Girls' Lacrosse: Concussion Return-to-Play Guidelines

A multidisciplinary sports medicine team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHA) has proposed sport-specific guidelines for ten sports known to put young athletes at the highest risk for concussion, including girls' lacrosse.

Boys' Lacrosse: Concussion Return-To-Play Guidelines

A multidisciplinary sports medicine team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHA) has proposed sport-specific guidelines for ten sports known to put young athletes at the highest risk for concussion, including boys' lacrosse.

Football Concussion Return-To-Play Guidelines

A multidisciplinary sports medicine team at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHA) has proposed sport-specific return-to-play guidelines after concussion for ten sports known to put young athletes at the highest risk of mild traumatic brain injury, including football.

Atlanta Medical Group Proposes Sport-Specific Return-to-Play Guidelines

Four years after the American Academy of Pediatrics adopted the recommended return-to-play (RTP) guidelines proposed by the Third International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHA) has proposed sport-specific guidelines for ten sports known to put young athletes at the highest risk for concussion.

Modern Infilled Synthetic Turf Fields Don't Harbor Staph Bacteria or Cause MRSA, Studies Say

Skin infections associated with contact with synthetic turf have received national attention in recent years, but there is no scientific evidence to support concern that the surfaces of infilled synthetic turf (the kind containing crumb rubber found in all fields built since the late 1990's) harbor the Staphylococcus aureus bacterium, the bacteria that cause MRSA, says a recent study.

Throwing Injuries No Longer Just for the Pros

Year-round sport, with the addition of numerous leagues, travel teams, showcase events and other opportunities for youth to play baseball outside of school, has contributed to a 10-fold increase in Tommy John surgery in the last decade, says an alarming new study.

Regular Sports and Energy Drink Use By Teens Linked With Cluster of Unhealthy Behaviors

Weekly consumption of sports drinks and energy drinks among adolescents is significantly associated with higher consumption of other sugar-sweetened beverages, cigarette smoking, and screen media use, according to a new study.

Serious Overuse Injuries Linked To Athlete's Socioeconomic Status

Are athletes whose families can afford the high cost of today's increasingly specialized and expensive youth sports paying a price in higher rates of injury? The answer appears to be yes, according to new research for the first time links overuse injury rates in young athletes with their socioeconomic status.