When Volleyballmag.com asked me to write on volleyball jump training, I jumped at the opportunity. I'll apologize about the pun- but won't apologize about wanting to cover this important topic the right way. I started off by wanting to find solid answers to the following questions: [caption id="attachment_16757"...

The new sports physical forms are shorter! The new sports physical forms are shorter! Yes, there is much joy in the sports medicine world.   I helped develop national guidelines that include the new forms and indeed, we heard the call to make the forms shorter. As an American...

On a fairly frequent basis, I will see patients who say “I think I have spider bites”. I tend to be greeted by something like this raised “angry” appearing area. It usually has a raised central yellow component surrounded by a red, tense outer rim. [caption id="attachment_16584" align="alignnone"...

If you have knee pain with sports or dance, most people tend to focus blame only at the knee. However, failing to blame your butt may be failure to fully help heal your knee pain. While some may chuckle at the mention of butt, poor buttock and...

Just put together an updated talk on ACL Injury in children where the news isn't all good. Yes, we're pretty capable of getting kids back to sport (80% success rate). However, we're not very capable of preventing an all too common risk of early joint destruction or...

I've been a volleyball doctor for the US Volleyball Men's and Women's National Teams since 2005. Those amazing players- and some amazing medical colleagues, have taught me about the game. They have also taught me about common injuries- and how to prevent them. For indoor...

For the 5th straight year,  Orange Coast Magazine and  Orange County Medical Association name Dr. Koutures a Top Sports Medicine  Physician. This 2019 Physician of Excellence honor recognizes Dr.  Koutures for outstanding work in Pediatric Sports Medicine.  This award is shared with his dedicated office staff and wonderful pediatric...

Excited to team with Orange County Magazine  to help you set and keep your fitness goals As the year kicks off, this is a natural time for reflection and self-assessment. It is also an opportunity to set some fitness goals for the upcoming year. Unfortunately, many...

Q: How do I incorporate health and fitness for my family around Thanksgiving? Check out key Thanksgiving health and fitness recommendations from ActiveKidMD and ParentingOC Magazine. A: Many Thanksgiving memories can be commonly associated with an excessive intake of food and drink. Here are some sensible recommendations to...

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...