Back to School, Back to Action--PLAY SAFE

Chris Fox, my co-host on "The sports Doctor" radio show & I often talk about how impressive the HS sports teams are in our area. Pick any sport this fall-- football, girls volleyball & tennis, cross country, soccer -- or fothat matter, any season, & we've got some of the best.

Hopefully, all athletes were well tuned in to the important mixture of summer training, "intelligent rest" & recovery time.
Too often, the "more is better" syndrome overwhelmed the necessity of time off from what often is year-round playing, training & practice.
I feel that one of the most important arts of sports medicine is the constant balance of smart aggressive schedules & overuse.

With new attention on concussions in high schoolers & younger athletes, one important point made is the youngster not telling, (for various reasons), their coach, trainer or parents that symptoms are present.
Even though most overuse injury concerns aren't nearly as serious as concussions, that reluctance to report symptoms is of concern. I often hear from a young athlete that his or her foot, ankle, shins or knee hurt but "I can't back off". My coach or parent doesn't listen- they'll get mad; I'll get benched or cut.". Often it's SELF PRESSURE that's involved.

I've rarely met young athletes (all levels included), faking discomfort. PAY ATTENTION! This is where the reliance on drugs, usually over the counter pain killers & anti-inflammatories starts.
There are exceptions, but a good rule is; if your young kids & players need drugs to keep in the action--YOUR PUSHING OVER THE LINE!

As I've mentioned in previous articles & blogs, in the lower extremities, if injuries & problems persist or don't respond to rest & treatment, pay attention to foot type & mechanics.

Go to sportsdoctorradio.com to read more about overuse injuries, foot mechanics & the role of orthotics.

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    The Sports Doctor

    Born and raised in New York, I've practiced podiatry and sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area (almost BUT NOT QUITE LONG ENOUGH to lose my NY accent ). You can check that out for yourselves by listening to Sports Doctor Radio, on http://www.healthylife.net/ Join me live Wednesday's, 3-4 pm. CST. The Sports Doctor was formerly on WDCB 90.9 FM in Chicago for more than 20 years. The Sports Doctor is also read in newspaper columns including The Aurora Beacon News and the Naperville Sun. Also please 'like' my Facebook page, "Sports Doctor Radio" and follow me on Twitter @SportsDocRadio to keep in touch! Go to sportsdoctorradio.com to hear many past shows and read my many articles. My specialty in sports medicine is orthotic therapy, combined with specific training and strengthening of the feet and ankles. I've been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the best athletes in all sports including many of the Super Bowl Bears back in the 80's, tennis greats John McEnroe and Tracy Austin, and numerous Cubs and White Sox. A true highlight of my career was watching Naperville's hometown figure skater Evan Lysacek, who I first saw as a nine-year-old and put orthotics in his skates, win the 2010 Olympic Gold Medal for men's figure skating with his orthotics (updated of course!) still in his boots. These high performance youngsters still remain my passion. Another big interest of mine is the challenge of our countries greatest epidemic: childhood obesity. Join me on Facebook and Twitter for updates on this important topic.

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