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,...

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...

Congratulations to Dr. Gladstien on his back-to-back Best Pediatrician Award! ActiveKidMD is proud to announce that Dr. Gladstien has been honored with a Best Pediatrician Award again by St. Joseph Healthcare! For both 2016 and 2017, he was celebrated for: Ranking 1st in Clinical Excellence and Patient Satisfaction...

I'm on a crusade to protect young catchers.   Willing and talented young catchers are in demand to manage pitchers, call defenses, handle balls in the dirt, and make a lot of throws Most of this while being in the squat position with foul balls a common occupational hazard. In fact,...

Check out the latest Sports Injury Protection podcast! Click here to listen to the SportsInjuryProtection.com Podcast "Who Are They and What Do They Do" is the beginning of a series to highlight the different medical practitioners that are involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of sports injuries....

Looking to reduce the risk of Sports Injuries in your young athlete? Then click on the link below and give a big thank you to colleague and friend Dr. Phyllis Agran. Phyllis and her colleagues at the Irvine Community News and Views have a regular column on Child Health and...

Every ill athlete or performer wants to know one thing: "Can I exercise when sick today?" As a pediatric and sports medicine specialist, I want to know a few things to make that decision: Is the athlete currently too ill to exercise? Do we have a good...

Cheerleaders are amazing athletes that need agility, strength, and frequent practice to prevent cheerleading injuries. Backspots, bases, flyers and tumblers all need proper skills and essential coordination. Unfortunately, the frequency of cheerleading injuries is rising with the increasing complexity of stunts. No matter the injured body part, the common...

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...