Special message from Sideline Sports Doc: Injury recognition training making positive impact

Special message from Sideline Sports Doc: Injury recognition training making positive impact

Feb. 23, 2017


Dear US Club Soccer members,

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to each of you for participating in the Sideline Sports Doc injury recognition course that we provide in partnership with US Club Soccer. By taking the course, you’ve taken a huge, positive step in improving the health of your young athletes, contributing to the enjoyment of the game and helping to grow the sport.

The Player Health & Safety pillar of the Players First initiative is truly revolutionary, and I thank Kevin Payne and the leadership of US Club Soccer for taking the bold step in requiring injury recognition education for each of you. With this step, US Club Soccer is the only major youth soccer organization in the U.S. to require injury recognition education for their members. You’re making a massive positive difference!

We appreciate the feedback we’ve received over the last few months and will use your feedback to continually improve the process, delivery and content of the course. Here are some areas we’ll be rolling out soon:

  • Our content is now presented in association with Stanford University Department of Orthopedic Surgery, as well as Midwest Orthopedics at Rush. We’re expanding our clinical partners rapidly, which strengthens our message. The information you’re receiving is thoroughly vetted and effective with decades of practical use in every sport in the U.S.
  • We’re going to improve the registration and payment process. We’ve received very constructive feedback and will take steps to streamline the process.
  • We’re going to improve the course flow. Your time is valuable! We’re going to make changes to the course flow that will make it easier and faster to take the online quizzes.

In our first six months, we’ve trained more than 24,000 US Club Soccer members, which means more than 250,000 players have been positively impacted by your efforts. It’s our privilege to work alongside you to make youth soccer even more successful!



Dev Mishra, M.D.
President, Sideline Sports Doc
Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Stanford University