The 101: Why The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast Exists…


Did you know there are roughly 60 million young athletes participating in organized sports in the United States? As a result, youth sports is reaching a staggering 20 billion dollar industry. It seems these days everyone wants a stake in young athletes….leading to an explosion of sports specialization, increasing rates of overuse injuries, year round sports participation, and travel teams.

So how can you keep your young athlete healthy and provide the best experience for them while participating in sports? I’m Dr. Mark Halstead, a pediatric sports medicine physician with almost 20 years of experience in caring for young athletes. I am a co-director of the Young Athlete Center at St Louis Children’s Hospital and also direct our Sports Concussion Program. I have also served as an elected member to the Board of Directors for the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and to the executive committee for the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness for the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am also honored to serve or have served as a team physician for many high schools and colleges in my career and as a team physician or consultant for several professional sports teams.

I decided to develop this podcast as a resource for parents, coaches and even young athletes themselves as a way to have reliable and up to date information on the many issues that our young athletes may be dealing with. The internet can be overwhelming and often not have the most up to date or accurate information and we want to be sure you get reliable information from a trusted expert who works with young athletes on a daily basis.

We will have experts in the field of pediatric sports medicine and those who are heavily involved and invested in the area of young athlete health and safety join us as guests to our podcast. I plan to cover a wide variety of topics such as

Common questions we see from parents and athletes in my clinic

Overuse injuries
Injuries from trauma
Broken bones
Problems that may require surgery
Mental health issues
Eating disorders in athletes
Nutritional issues
Sports specialization
Strength training

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg of things we can and will talk about

As we start off on this journey, I encourage you to leave feedback and rate our podcast. You can contact us through our website at We would love to know what things you would like to hear about.  You can also find our podcast on facebook  and on twitter at hyapodcast. Please follow us and you will receive up to date information on new episodes.

I know this will be an informative and interesting podcast and we look forward to bringing you  great content for a long time to come.


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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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