Category Archives: Youth Sports

Posts related to youth in sports- injury prevention, rehabilitation, psychology, performance, etc…

Youth Sports Injuries: Does my kid need to go to the doctor?

Probably the worst part about youth sports is when a kid, your kid, gets hurt. Immediately there comes this question,  "Are they OK?" Let's be honest, what we really mean is, can they keep playing or is this something more serious. It is a difficult call to make. Most of the time it is the…
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Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington Beach

What is sports physical therapy? Sports physical therapy is a specialty in physical therapy which focuses on the athletic population’s recovery from injury.  While we are treating the same body, and dealing with the same parts, there is a difference in our approach when working with an athlete. Due to the fact that athletes test…
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Top 3 Reasons Your Daughter Has Knee Pain

So your daughter has knee pain and you don' t know why.  Over the past couple weeks we have seen a few younger girls coming into the clinic with knee pain.  Parents are obviously concerned why their active and healthy daughter is having knee pain.  If there hasn’t been an obvious event which caused the pain,…
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Low Back Pain in Athletes

Low back pain in athletes can be a crippling condition.  It is also one which we can easily overlook.  I think this has to do with the fact that so many people have themselves suffered from low back pain.  When their young athlete tells them their back hurts, they relate with what they have felt…
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My Quad Muscle Strain Treatment

A quad muscle strain can be very debilitating for an athlete.  I recently experienced this for myself. My Story After 13 years of not playing soccer, I finally put the cleats back on and took to the soccer field as a player.  I’d been coaching my kids teams for the past 5 years, but hadn’t…
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Going for the Gold: Interview with Aaron Brock, ATC


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

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Back Pain In Gymnastics

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 for further information on his practice.


Dr Kruse

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



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