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Sports Nutrition for the Adolescent Athlete

Category: Sports Medicine

Adequate nutrition is important for the proper growth and development of young people.  It is even more essential to the competitive youth athlete.  With the higher demands of strenuous training and competition, proper diet is crucial to not only insure optimal performance, but also to prevent developmental problems, which may have lifelong effects.  Young women […]

The Role of Medications in the Treatment of Sports-Related Injuries

Category: Sports Medicine

As a sideline observer, I have frequently witnessed coaches, first aid providers, and anxious parents reaching into their training bags and purses, and medicating the acutely injured athlete.  As an orthopedic surgeon interested in sports medicine I treat athletes who were initially prescribed medications by their primary care physicians, emergency room personnel, or have self-medicated […]

MRSA: Athletes in Danger

Category: Sports Medicine

Introduction Over the past several years, athletes have been challenged by an opponent so small that it cannot be seen by the naked eye. This foe not only has the ability to affect the individual player’s ability to compete but may also be capable of defeating teams and even larger sports organizations. The opponent is […]

A Day in the Life of a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC)

Category: Sports Medicine

Elicia Jacobs, A.T.C. Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists is pleased to support the athletes and their Athletic Trainers for Sports Programs at Foothill High School, Amador High School and Dublin High School. Our Sports Medicine Program includes sports coverage by Athletic Trainers and Physicians (varsity football games), sports physicals several times during the year, immediate access to […]

ACL Injuries in Female Soccer Players

Category: Sports Medicine

, November 2003 Despite almost a decade of explosive growth in the interest and participation of women in soccer, this sport continues to be one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. Starting in preadolescence, extending through the teenage years and now into adulthood, more and more women are participating in soccer. Favorable […]

SPORTS MEDICINE AT ITS BEST: Athletic Trainers, Surgeons partner with Tri-Valley High Schools

Category: Sports Medicine

A group of Certified Athletic Trainers and surgeons has teamed up with Tri-Valley high schools to assure athletes have the same level of quality medical care, both preventive and surgical, as that provided to professional athletes. In a special arrangement with Amador, Foothill and Dublin high schools, Tri-Valley Orthopedic Specialists of Pleasanton (TVO) provides each […]


Definition Osteoporosis is Greek for “porous bone,” and a disease characterizedby low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue leading tobone fragility and increased susceptibility to fractures. Thesefractures occur most commonly in the spine, hip and wrist, but canoccur in any bone. Osteoporosis has been called “a pediatric disease with geriatricconsequences,” because the bone […]

Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis: Fact & Fiction

Background It is estimated that over 20 million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis (OA), an often painful condition in which the articular cartilage, which serves as a cushion and gliding surface between the bones, deteriorates and wears away. With the aging of our population, it is anticipated that this number will double over the next two […]

Fleet of Foot

Shoes in our culture perform three major functions.  The first is to protect the foot.  The second is to enhance performance and function of the foot in athletics and day to day activities.  The third function serves a cosmetic function for dress and design. The style of the shoes refers to the essential design character […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, One of Today’s Most Common Injuries

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition which is brought on by increased pressure in the wrist causing a nerve to be pinched. The nerve reacts to this pressure by sending signals of numbness, tingling and pain to the hand and occasionally the forearm. In most cases, releasing the pressure will […]