From the Publisher

Welcome to the second installment of MVP PARENT, which has seen a slight delay in publication as the world is suddenly focused on basic hygiene. Sports teams of all sizes are broadening their traditional focus on injury prevention to include everyday infection prevention for both the players and the spectators.

By Richard B. Dubin

Coronavirus: What to Do for You, Your Athlete, and Your Home

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is relatively new to the world, but has taken center stage in American life in a way that is unprecedented for many sports parents. Isolation and quarantine can be frightening, but many Baby Boomers may remember a time before the advent of vaccines when similar steps were taken to stem the spread of polio, diphtheria (whooping cough), and measles.

Vaping Has Consequences: Just because You Can’t Smell it Doesn’t Mean it’s Harmless

Vaping—nearly 80% of adolescents are doing it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—that’s 8 out of 10 teenagers, which means that student athletes are not immune. Vaping is defined as inhaling and exhaling the vapor (technically called aerosol) produced by an e-cigarette or similar battery-powered device. The devices are small, some as small as a USB drive.

By Nicole Wetsman  and Janice T. Radak

Youth Overuse Injuries and What Clinicians, Parents and Coaches Can Do

It’s one of the key issues in youth sports today: an epidemic of overuse and repetitive motion injuries. It affects both lower and upper extremities, across the board, in all sports at all ages. As the world of youth sports has grown dramatically, so have these injury problems. Overuse injuries cause a significant loss of time off the field, but more importantly, they threaten future sport participation which could inadvertently lead to increased obesity.

By Robert A. Weil, DPM

The Secret to Injury Prevention: Slow Strength Training

The purpose of exercise is pretty simple; yet it is misunderstood by almost everybody who performs it: Exercise is designed to efficiently load and fatigue the muscles congruent to joint function beyond what they are accustomed to in order to stimulate improvements in muscular strength in the form of an adaptive response. The key word is stimulate.

By Jay Vincent

Concussed kid? Get Them to Speak Up

When Katherine Price Snedaker received a call from her son Charlie’s school telling her to pick him up
and take him to the doctor, she wasn’t entirely sure what to think. “They said he might have a concussion from being hit with a soccer ball on the sidelines during recess, and I was confused that something like this could happen when he wasn’t even playing,” she said.

By Greg Gargiulo