* Following a sports injury, athletes, parents, and coaches usually look to the medical professionals involved in an athlete’s care to decide when an athlete can return to play, and how much residual pain is acceptable. Here’s how physical therapist Keith Cronin, DPT evaluates pain over the course of an athlete’s treatment and recovery.
* A 2012 study in the journal Pediatrics found that the reduced flow of blood to the brain of concussed adolescent athletes sometimes persists longer than 30 days, suggesting that the brains of children and teens are more vulnerable to concussion, and require more conservative management.
* Talking to your child’s coach is almost always a stressful experience, regardless of the issue. As with any meeting, it’s good to do your homework and make sure you have considered alternatives. You might just find that talking to the coach isn’t a good idea after all, says youth sports expert and MomsTEAM founder, Brooke de Lench.
* Are an entertainment-driven, winning-at-all-costs society, along with the never-ending quest for money, the root cause of the cheating, lying, alcohol and sexual abuse by coaches and athletes which too often plague today’s high school and college sports? A longtime Minnesota hockey coach and official suggests they might be the reasons.