When Can I Play Again: Hand Metacarpal Fracture + MORE

When Can I Play Again: Hand Metacarpal Fracture + MORE
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Athletic Trainers Are The Heroes Of Athletic Medicine

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: A skilled athletic trainer (ATC) is an invaluable part of the student-athlete’s sports injury care Schools with ATCs will consistently have healthier athletes .... More »
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Knee Cap Instability: Surgery Or Rehab?

By Dev K. Mishra, M.D. President, Sideline Sports Doc Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University Key Points: Knee cap instability is common in young athletes, especially in girls who participate in jumping, cutting, or pivoting sports Most mild instability issues and fi.... More »

Iowa Hawkeyes Start a New Tradition by Waving to the Children’s Hospital

What would you think if you saw the entire crowd at a packed football stadium waving to the children’s hospital behind them? Sports have long been seen as something that the ordinary people look up to for inspiration and encouragement. Whatever they are going through, they look up to their fav.... More »

How to Defeat Sports Parenting Anxiety + MORE

Do you ever suffer from sports parenting anxiety? Just about every sports parent feels it, the anxiousness in the pit of your stomach when you’re worried about your child. I’ve felt it many times in 22 years of sports parenting. There were times when my son was a senior quarterback that .... More »

5 Essential Ingredients for a Winning Team + MORE

Is your child on a winning team? Although youth sports should not be solely fixated winning games, it should be focused on building a winning culture. There is a difference between the two: a team that is obsessed with only winning games will do whatever it takes to make that happen, regardless of h.... More »
 What Parents’ and Coaches’ Abuse of Referees Costs Families
By Doug Abrams
In the past few weeks, the Washington Post featured two thoughtful articles that shine the spotlight on a growing problem that plagues youth sports from coast to coast. Under the headline, “Verbal Abuse From Parents, Coaches is Causing a Referee Shortage in Youth Sports,” writer Nick Eilerson explains that in high schools and community youth leagues alike, the lion’s share of abuse stems from “a deeply cutthroat sports culture, one that often holds amateur referees to a professional standard…

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President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University
Key Points:

Most hand metacarpal fractures in high school aged athletes can be treated in a cast, although in some instances surgery may be needed
Cast treatment will typically allow unrestricted return to play in about 4 weeks for noncontact sports and about 6 weeks for contact sports
Sports requiring finger dexterity and power may take longer than 6 weeks for return

The metacarpal bones are the long bones in the hand that lead up to the fingers…

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