Category Archives: Healthy Young Athlete Podcast

Podcast for parents, coaches & young athletes covering a wide variety of topics relevant to the world of youth sports. Hosted by Dr. Mark Halstead

How Do I Choose the Best Helmet or Headgear? The Healthy Young Athlete Podcast

How Do I Choose the Best Helmet or Headgear?



  A common question I get in clinic when seeing patients for concussion is “what is the best helmet out there for my son or daughter?” Or what headgear is the best for sports that use headgear instead of helmets? Typically, we have the discussion that there is no helmet or headgear that prevents concussion, … Continue reading How Do I Choose the Best Helmet or Headgear?


Healthy Young Athlete Podcast: Is There Really a Blood Test for Concussions?

Is There Really a Blood Test for Concussions?



  In advance of the Super Bowl this past week, there was a new press release about a new blood test for concussion praising the advances and that it would be revolutionary for the sideline diagnosis of concussion. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, is this new FDA approved test really all it is being touted … Continue reading Is There Really a Blood Test for Concussions?


Does Sleep Affect Athletes?

Does Sleep Affect Athletes?



  Today on the Healthy Young Athlete Podcast we are going to tackle a topic that I would predict that most of us do not get enough of……and that’s sleep. Sleep is a necessity for all of us but it can have a critical role in the life of an athlete in terms of injury … Continue reading Does Sleep Affect Athletes?


What You Need to Know About Exertional Heat Stroke



  It’s summertime. Throughout much of the country, heat and humidity are starting to become the norm. When you add that to a world navigating through a pandemic, and young athletes anxious to start up organized sports again, those of us in sports medicine are on high alert for a potential surge in heat related … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Exertional Heat Stroke