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...

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...

The following blog post ran on Volleyballmag.com as part of an outstanding series on Concussions in Volleyball  In working with elementary through Olympic-level indoor and sand volleyball players, I have found key warm-up, training, and even competitive adjustments that can greatly reduce the risk of volleyball...

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...