The following post on Return to Sport is from the Fall 2018 Orange County Magazine I often get asked how to determine when a young athlete should return to sport after injury. In many cases, injured young athletes tend to heal quickly. However, in a worst-case...

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...

Wondering if your child's sports schedules are putting them at risk for overuse injuries? Have an injured child and thinking that too much sport activity may have been a cause? Feeling overwhelmed as a sports parent and want to know when to say stop to all those...

[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...

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...

Dance discomfort- comes with the territory of doing the usual hard work on the dance floor. Muscles hurt, toes feel cramps, the back is sore. Then there is the mental discomfort- am I jumping as high, as often, as well as I could be? These are common, everyday...

The Pacific Juniors Volleyball Club is pleased to announce that it will be working with Dr. Chris Koutures, Team Physician for the Men's and Women's USA Volleyball teams, on a FREE one day Volleyball Safety speaking engagement. Dr. Koutures will be discussing practical safety recommendations for...

Bone stress injuries can be stressful. They can be hard to understand, hard to suspect, and have unpredictable healing times. What Are Bone Stress Injuries? Bone stress injuries are usually caused by high loads on normal bone, or normal loads on weaker bones. High loads can be from too much, too...

Should dancers take PE class? Must be the start of a new school year. The questions (and request forms) are coming in. How does this pediatric sports and dance medicine specialist view dancers and Physical Education (PE) class? The benefits of having dancers take PE class Get outside to soak...

Many of the joys as a pediatric and sports medicine specialist surround working with great young people and talented colleagues. What is even more inspiring is when a former patient becomes a colleague. I had the pleasure of Alana Mouery Ryan, once a Cal State Fullerton gymnast and...