By Dev Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Brian Cole, M.D.
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Head Team Physician, Chicago Bulls (NBA)
Tal David, M.D.
Synergy Specialists Medical Group, San Diego, CA
Head Team Physician, San Diego Chargers (NFL)
Bert Mandelbaum, M.D.
Kerlan Jobe Institute, Santa Monica, CA
Head Team Physician, Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS), FIFA F-MARC
- US Club Soccer becomes the first major US youth soccer organization to require comprehensive injury recognition for all coaches
- The training will provide a sideline evaluation process for injury recognition, as well as specific guidelines for some injuries such as concussion, knee, and ankle
- We believe the training will make the game safer for all kids and promote growth in youth soccer
Injuries are an unfortunate reality in youth sports, but that doesn???t mean gloom and doom. In fact, from the injury standpoint we???d say there has been no better time to be a young athlete in America than now. What? Does that sound controversial? Let???s explain.??
Thanks to scientific study over the last couple of decades we???ve made huge strides in proper recognition and treatment of injuries in young athletes. As recently as 20 years ago we paid far less attention to issues about overuse and burnout, medical conditions such as heat illness did not have the types of preventive strategies we have in place now, and our knowledge of the seriousness of concussion was not really on the radar. We???ve made great progress in the care and treatment of injuries to the knee and ankle. And there is a training program for soccer players that is proven to reduce lower extremity injury rates and at the same time improve performance.
One area that hasn???t received as much attention as we???d like is on-field injury recognition for youth coaches. But that is changing now too. We???d like to announce an unprecedented partnership between US Club Soccer and Sideline Sports Doc. Unprecedented because US Club Soccer is the first major U.S. youth soccer organization to require completion of comprehensive injury recognition training for their coaches in order for the coach to obtain a passcard.
The training covers serious injuries such as concussion or spine injuries, but perhaps more importantly it provides a method that the non-medically trained coach can use to evaluate just about any injury on the field. Clear, concise, reliable. The training is focused on providing practical information for the coach that results in confident injury recognition for the range of injuries commonly encountered by the youth soccer coach. We fill the gap between prevention and treatment.
We believe that proper training in injury recognition for the non-medically trained youth coach is an important piece of the overall health and wellness for the player. With US Club Soccer???s initiative we???ve taken another step forward and say again: there???s never been a better time to be a young athlete in America.