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Even Mild Concussion Can Cause Thinking, Memory Problems: Study

Pediatric overuse injuries increase due to year round, one sport training

Pediatricians recommend training to prevent ACL tears

Just One Season of Hits in High School Football May Alter Brain: Study

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Should you let your child play football? 

For Young Athletes, Injuries Need Special Care

Evidence shows cognitive rest aids concussion recovery

Skip the homework if you've got a concussion


For Young Athletes, Injuries Need Special Care

The Wall Street Journal reports that the rehabilitation needs of children and teens are different than those of adults. More sports medicine programs are working exclusively with young athletes, using surgical techniques and physical therapy protocols that don't interfere with growing bones and cartilage. Boston Children’s Lyle Micheli, MD, explains that doctors must very systematically rehabilitate young athletes for strength and basic function and determine when it is safe for them to return to play.

Once an adult injury, ACL tears are on the rise in kids

Mininder Kocher, MD was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune about the rising rate of ACL tears in kids and  adolescents. 

Broadside: PED abuse in young athletes

On August 8, 2013, Michael O'Brien, MD, was interviewed on NECN's BroadSide with Jim Braude. Dr. O'Brien weighs in on the consequences of performance enhancing drug use in teens.

Young endurance runners draw cheers and concerns

Texas sisters, Kaytlynn Welsch, 12, and Heather Welsch, 10, compete in races with elite athletes more than double their age. Placing in more races than not, the Welsch sisters continue to shock fellow runners, but is this too much on them?  Mininder Kocher, MD, talks about  young endurance runners.

Martha Murray appointed to NIAMS

Martha Murray, MD, has recently been appointed to serve on the NIAMS (National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases) Advisory Council of the NIH. She takes the place of Dr. Regis O'Keefe who was the sole orthopaedic surgeon on the committee. The four year term was effective on October 1, 2012. The mission of the NIAMS, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. The Advisory Council provides advice to the NIH on broad policy issues and makes recommendations on research proposals in a second tier of review after analysis by a study section.

ISG 2012 Besterman/McColivin Print Award

The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine won the ISG 2012 Besterman/McColivin Print Award, a major award given annually by the Information Services Group (ISG) of CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. The Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine was edited by Lyle J. Micheli, MD.

Schools in Mass. report nearly 3,000 concussions

A new law passed in 2010 requires schools to report head injuries in Massachusetts and the numbers are astonishing. With nearly 3,000 concussions reported from schools throughout Massachusetts, Michael O’Brien, MD, was asked to review the reported data. Learn more.

Doc offers tips to prevent school sports injuries

Benton Heyworth, MD, discusses the importance of pre-season workout regimens, proper warm-ups and making sure the athlete knows and understands their sport and assignment. Find out more.

Dover junior returns to soccer after surgery

WMUR-TV New Hampshire profiles Boston Children’s Hospital patient Aimee Hartwell, featuring her as the weekly “Hometown Hero.” Hartwell seriously injured her knee playing soccer and had it successfully repaired by Boston Children’s Mininder Kocher, MD, MPH. Watch the video.



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Lyle J. Micheli, MD

Mininder S. Kocher, MD

Martha M. Murray, MD

Benton E. Heyworth, MD

Michael J. O'Brien, MD

Ellen Geminiani, MD

Kathryn Ackerman, MD, MPH

Thomas Vorderer, DPM

Brian Fitzgerald, BSN, ATC, LAT

Gianmichel Corrado, MD

Sports Concussion Clinic


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