How to keep young athletes off the DL this summer

How to keep young athletes off the DL this summerMost of us have probably seen or heard the sad story of a kid who has to spend the whole summer on the sideline in a cast, sling, or on crutches while watching all the other kids run and play and well … be kids. As the temperatures get warmer, kids are going to be outside playing — and getting hurt. While most of these bumps and bruises likely can be handled …Continue reading →

What parents need to know about Wisconsin’s concussion law and youth athletics

Welcome to 2013! If your kids participate in sports this year, you should know that Wisconsin’s concussion law requires all youth athletic organizations, from recreational leagues to clubs or school sports, to educate coaches, athletes and parents about concussions. Everyone should be aware of the signs and effects of concussion, because …Continue reading →

Just cool it: Why heat illness is dangerous for young athletes

August in Wisconsin means high heat and humidity. As the temperature climbs, I worry about young athletes heading back to the practice field. Every year I hear about kids dying from heat illness, and it’s so easy to prevent. Kids practicing in hot weather, outdoors or inside (heat illness can happen in a hot gym too), are at risk.

Watch for the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke — two common types …Continue reading →

Why the right throwing skills are important for young athletes

Baseball is known as America’s pastime. There’s a small park close to my house, and sometimes I can hear people cheering during games. It’s great to hear them out there having fun.

I played baseball growing up too. When we’d get worn down, our coach might say things like, “No pain, no gain, or just tough it out!” Today young athletes are more serious about competition than ever before. As a pediatric sports medicine specialist, I often tell kids and …Continue reading →

Why female athletes should pay attention to missed periods

With spring sports finishing and fall sports on the horizon, many female athletes train year round to stay in shape. They may be trying to increase mileage and eat healthier to improve their performance. Sometimes, during intense sports seasons, a teen or young woman will realize that her period has stopped.

What’s wrong with that? Not many of us actually enjoy getting our periods. They can cause physical discomfort or irritability and, frankly, they aren’t pleasant. But few people realize …Continue reading →

Why kids with ACL injuries need special treatment

It’s already been a tough spring for the Brewers, with two players lost for the season to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Knee injuries are just as frustrating for young athletes. One of the first things my patients often say to me is, “When can I play again?”

The ACL is the ligament that helps keep the knee stable. It’s one of the four main ligaments in the knee joint that connect it to the shin bone, known as the tibia, and thigh bone …Continue reading →

This is a no-brainer: Concussion legislation will be signed into law

Have you heard? Youth concussion legislation passed in the state Legislature yesterday and soon will be signed into law. It will go a long way to protect all kids in Wisconsin.

As a pediatric sports medicine and concussion specialist, every day I see young athletes whose concussions have caused significant problems. Without a doubt, we know that …Continue reading →

When in doubt, sit them out

As a pediatric sports medicine and concussion specialist, I say it nearly every day. Many of you have heard me talk about young athletes and concussion, and this week I had another great opportunity to get the word out.

With every interview or presentation I do, I know one more coach, parent or athlete learns that concussion is a brain injury and needs to be taken seriously.

Here are the most important things to remember if you even suspect a young athlete may …Continue reading →

Why treating a student with a concussion requires a comprehensive approach

While caring for patients in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Concussion Clinic, I often notice that parents and young athletes don’t realize that a concussion affects injured athletes in all phases of life, not just athletics. While progress has been made in concussion awareness and recognition on the athletic field (although there’s still room for improvement), concussion awareness has …Continue reading this post