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Episode Info:   Did you know there are roughly 60 million young athletes participating in organized sports in the United States? As a result, youth sports is reaching a staggering 20 billion dollar industry. It seems these days everyone wants a stake in young athletes….leading to an explosion of sports specialization, increasing rates of overuse injuries, year round sports participation, and travel teams. So how can you keep your young athlete healthy and provide the best experience for them while participating in sports? I’m Dr. Mark Halstead, a pediatric sports medicine physician with almost 20 years of experience in caring for young athletes. I am a co-director of the Young Athlete Center at St Louis Children’s Hospital and also direct our Sports Concussion Program. I have also served as an elected member to the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and to the executive committee for the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am also honored to serve or have served as a team physician for many high schools and colleges in my career and as a team physician or consultant for several professional sports teams. I decided to develop this podcast as a resource for parents, coaches and even young athletes themselves as a way to have reliable and up to date information on the many issues that our young athletes may be dealing with. The internet can be overwhelming and often not have the most up to date or accurate information and we want to be sure you get reliable information from a trusted expert who works with young athletes on a daily basis. We will have experts in the field of pediatric sports medicine and those who are heavily involved and invested in the area of young athlete health and safety join us as guests to our podcast. I plan to cover a wide variety of topics such as Common questions we see from parents and athletes in my clinic Overuse injuriesInjuries from traumaConcussionsBroken bonesProblems that may require surgeryMental health issuesEating disorders in athletesNutritional issuesSports specializationStrength training And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of things we can and will talk about As we start off on this journey, I encourage you to leave feedback and rate our podcast. You can contact us through our website at healthyyoungathletepodcast.com. We would love to know what things you would like to hear about.  You can also find our podcast on facebook  and on twitter at hyapodcast. Please follow us and you will receive up to date information on new episodes. I know this will be an informative and interesting podcast and we look forward to bringing you  great content for a long time to come.   The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast Links Bar:  Subscribe via Apple Podcasts |  Subscribe via RSS Feed |  Facebook Page |  Twitter Page | Stitcher Page Find Even More Ways to Listen & Subscribe via The Podcaster Matrix!     The ultimate success for eve...
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