"If your child is an athlete, you will need expert advice and health care treatments to keep your child competitive and injury free." - Jack R Giangiulio, BS, DC,
Youth Sports Injuries
"The dream of becoming a professional athlete starts during the pediatric years. It takes dedication, practice and expert health care advice to achieve the goal of becoming a professional athlete." - Jack R. Giangiulio, D.C., B.S.
Dr. Giangiulio treats athletes of every level in his office. His pediatric patients hail from diverse sports backgrounds such as soccer, football, baseball, dance, basketball, swimming, track & field, gymnastics, hockey, martial arts, volleyball and other sports. The majority of Dr. Giangiulio's pediatric patients are competitive in youth club sports, dance teams, or high school athletics, and are aspiring to become professional athletes or dancers.
Dr. Giangiulio is a sought after expert in Pediatric Sports & Dance Injuries. Read Dr. Giangiulio's publications and other publications that utilize Dr. Giangiulio as their "Media Expert" by clicking the following link:
Tips for Parents of Competitive Athletes
Pick a sport that matches your child’s genetic capability
Picking the right sport is crucial to the future success of your child and your child’s body. For instance if we have a basketball center and a football center standing side-by-side, we could all pick out the athlete who was the basketball player. The better the physical match of your child to the sport, the less chances of injuries and future physical ailments.
Research the sport
It is important that parents and children understand the commitment to the sport. This will help in balancing time commitments as well as physical activities. Each sport has time commitments, such as, practices, special training, games, and competitions. Your child must also be willing and able to put in all the hard physical work.
Keep your child focus on playing one sport
When your child is a teenager it is necessary for him or her to pick only one sport. Playing competitively in multiple sports is counterproductive for your child’s body and future as an athlete. Each sport has its own set of requirements and techniques. When teens are practicing for a sport they are building motor patterns specific for the sport. In essence, they are building their body for the sport; making it easier and safer for them to be competitive in the future. Playing multiple competitive sports will hinder their motor control, cause over training and fatigue, lead to unnecessary overuse injuries, and possibly accelerate degenerative changes in their bodies. Playing multiple competitive sports should not be confused with cross training. Cross training is occasionally training in a different way to balance your joints and energy systems; this is great for your child’s body. Cross training is usually a normal part of any good competitive sports program.
Your child must do what it takes to prevent injuries
Your child must be ready to take responsibility for his or her body. Children love to practice, train and compete for their sport, but this same love seems to falter when it comes to preparing their bodies for the rigors of the sports. Doing what it takes to keep the body healthy and ready to play is a hallmark of a professional athlete. Proper nutrition, keeping hydrated, stretching, massages, adjustments, yoga, and etc. are all examples of extra commitments a child must be willing to take-on if they are to be competitive in a sport and have longevity as an athlete.
Sports Injury Experience
Dr. Giangiulio is also known for his work as an independent doctor for professional athletes from NBA, NFL, MLS, AVP, NVAP and NASCAR teams.
Below is a brief list of Dr. Giangiulio past Tour Doctor positions:
National Volleyball Association Pro-Women Volleyball League
Association of Volleyball Professionals - Pro-Beach Volleyball
Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) - “Spike-iT-Up”
California Police Olympics
Huntington Beach Marathon
UCI Corporate Olympics
Numerous Individual Athletes