Change Sports Physical Therapy director, Matt Swift, DPT recently had the opportunity to pick the brain of Aaron Brock, ATC, who is the Medical Director of the Olympic gold medal winning, Men's USA volleyball team.
In our longest interview yet, Aaron talks about the importance of developing professionalism in young athletes, injury prevention plans, and as he calls it, "the keystone", which is an all in commitment to your sport.
Aaron grew up as a four sport athlete in the town of Storm Lake, Iowa. Calling Iowa home, Aaron also earned both his Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of Iowa. Speaking from personal experience Brock explains in our interview the importance of not playing your specific sport, volleyball in this case, year round. In this video you will gain insight into how professional athletes not only learn and display professionalism, but stay healthy through their season and beyond. Enjoy!
Aaron Brock, ATC
Aaron Brock, Director of Sports Medicine and Performance to the U.S. National Teams
Athletic Trainer to the U.S. Men's National Team
I recently had the priveledge of sitting down with Dr. David Kruse, MD to ask him some questions about back pain in gymnastics. I don't know any other physician in Orange County who would be more qualified to manage the care of a young gymnast than Dr. Kruse. He was a gymnast himself, and was a member of the US national team. He is now using his past experience in gymanstics and his medical training to help athletes of all levels. He is one of the team physicians for USA Gymanstics and also is highly invovled in the collegiate and high school levels.
The questions here are designed to help parents, coaches and young athletes get some basic understanding of back pain, its causes, and how to find out if it is something they need to get evaluated by a medical professional. Be sure to check out his website at www.krusesportsmd.com for further information on his practice.
Dr. David Kruse is a board certified Primary Care Sports Medicine specialist practicing in Orange County, California.
He is the sports physician for:
- Crean Lutheran High School
- Godinez Fundamental High School
- University of California, Irvine
- USA Gymnastics
What is it that high school coaches are looking for in athletes? What is it that distinguishes a player who will make the cut, versus the one who doesn't make the team? It seems that these days parents are in a frenzy to get their kids onto the high school sports team, so that they can make it to college, and get that illustrious scholarship. From a young age parents are preparing their kids for college athletics. The conversation about the pros and cons of this push from parents is a topic for another post. What I want to discuss here is a bit on the subject of how do we best prepare our children for their sport? What is the best path to get on that high school team? Is it 7 days a week practice or early specialization on a position? If you have read even a little of the research on youth sports over the past few years, you will know these approaches can be detrimental to the young athlete.
In this video interview series we are seeking out the high school coaches themselves and asking them, "What are the top characteristics or skills you are looking for in an athlete coming into your program?" The first interview comes from Bob Marshall, the head varsity baseball coach at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, CA. Change Sports Physical Therapy is the Preferred Physical Therapy Provider for Marina High School Athletics. Take a look at what Coach Marshall has to say.