What does an ACL really cost? The financial and intangible costs to players and families

Author note: Part I of 2 part article. Next Up — Balancing the Books: Effective ACL Prevention Is the Job of Every Coach I cautioned Katherine about the incidence of ACL injuries in athletic girls whose knees tended to fold … Continue reading

Concussion Roulette: Unload That Gun

Finally! Some attention for women soccer players and concussions! Briana Scurry’s surgery and recovery are front page news in the Washington Post. The good news: Briana is experiencing relief from the concussion symptoms she has endured for several years.  The … Continue reading

Can Sports Injuries Have a Silver Lining?

Does it seem like everyone is getting injured? Even the pro’s. Ronaldinho – muscle tear, out 3 months. Jores Okore – ACL tear, out 9 months. Even Messi, the great Messi, is battling a right leg injury which has taken him … Continue reading

When Health and Recreation Programs Become Human Performance Laboratories, Who Pays?

Last week I saw a friend I hadn’t seen in some time. She has three kids: one graduating college, one beginning his second year at university and one nearly finished with high school. “So, what about you?” I asked, “What … Continue reading

Are Sports Too Much for Your Kid? Dismantling the Dagwood Sandwich, An Equation for Healthy Youth Sport

Everybody’s talking about injuries. Coaches, doctors, league administrators, and parents are worried about the increase in injuries from SO much soccer! Kids are stuffed with teams and tryouts, tournaments and competitions. What used to be a tasty part of a … Continue reading

5 Things to Look for if You’re New on the Soccer Team

Just joined a new team or are considering one? How do you know whether it is a good fit? Here are 5 things to consider: other players, other parents, the coach, the team feel, your own kid. Other players … watch … Continue reading

Pain AND Gain: On the Edge of Injury AND Glory

I got to spend my mornings last week with the First Ladies of soccer, the Washington Spirit. I have never seen that kind of soccer quite so up close and personal. These women are phenomenal. Just standing by, I can … Continue reading

The Key to Successful ACL Injury Prevention

Looking at the numbers of ACL tears and “revisions” – that’s a nice way to say re-tears – it is very clear this an injury we want to prevent. At all costs. The question is, can we? Sportsmetrics (Hewett in … Continue reading

Prepare Their Ankles! Youth Soccer is More NASCAR, Less Drivers Ed

Getting over a sprained ankle? Got an ankle that always give you trouble? What do you do? Doctors are good for diagnoses. Surgeons are good for…surgery. Physical therapists are good for… therapy. All good. But you’re not done yet. To … Continue reading