This article on Starting Sports is a partnership between ActiveKidMD and the September, 2018 edition of ParentingOC. At around 15-18 months, age-appropriate movement for children includes running, throwing or kicking a ball. These simple skills are part of normal toddler development. At this time, it is natural...

[embed]https://youtu.be/mB7hnxve-eU[/embed] There are many types of  martial arts, and children can get many benefits from participation. Kids can build their strength, balance and flexibility. They can also build confidence and self-esteem. With several good things going for the martial arts, parents and families may still worry about potential...

[embed]https://youtu.be/KO8z3IZXxlE[/embed] Could  low iron levels explain why you are struggling to finish hard workouts? Is there a ferritin level that will make your run faster? Unsure about how to answer these questions? Not even certain what the term ferritin means? No worries- click on the above video and read on...

Making plans for your child to attend summer camps for sports or a summer dance intensive? Many kids take the "Summertime, and the living is easy" route from a popular song. No worries about school, homework, projects or tests. Several other  young people test themselves over the summer...

Sports physicals offer golden opportunities to share information and listen to young patients. Sure, they frequently are viewed by parents and young athletes as more annoyance than necessity. It’s easy for sports physicals to turn into automatic answers to a list of questions. Those long checklists on sports...

Question on Sports Nutrition My son loves playing sports, but I want to make sure he is maintaining good sports nutrition. How can I make sure he is as healthy as possible in his eating and drinking? Trying to figure out if your young athlete needs iron...

Young athletes can be bombarded with many performance enhancing supplements that claim to build strength and assist in recovery. Use of some supplements can be clouded by lack of true scientific support, side effects, and financial cost. Like athletes have found for centuries, the quest for better...

I often hear teenagers and families asking about protein to help build muscle. Damaged muscles occur during exercise, and protein is an essential muscle component that can help with repair and rebuilding. Every day, athletic teens need 1.2-1.5 grams per kilogram of weight. Lower amount is for endurance athletes,...

Deciding when to have a child specialize- playing just one sport or joining a higher level travel team- is a challenge faced by many families. It might mean stopping or limiting other sports or activities. There's definitely a time and financial commitment. Not to mention the worry about...

ActiveKidMD thanks Dr. Cale Franklin, pediatric resident at UCI/CHOC and future sports medicine physician, for his insight on strength training. Many concerned parents pose the questions, “should I allow my child to start lifting weights” or “how old can they start strength training?” I would like to...