Injuries can be devastating to an athlete of any age. It typically means loss in many respects… of goals, dreams, aspirations, normal physical activity, interaction with teammates and just being part of a team. Over the years, many tears have been shed in sports medicine offices over a diagnosis that results in that loss. But where does the athlete go from there. What supports do they have? Is there a parent who also expresses disappointment or frustration with the diagnosis, or do they express empathy? How about the coach? How about us as sports medicine professionals? Is this an athlete who holds their identity as an athlete only and the injury has now stripped that leaving that athlete with a perceived loss of identity?
All of these things are things to consider. Today on the podcast, I have a very special guest to me. My son. He suffered a sports injury his sophomore year which led to a significant acute decline in his mental health. We are going to discuss his experiences and his story.
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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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Owen is a graduating senior, who will be starting this fall at the University of Missouri to major in journalism. He ran high school cross country and track. He received an award from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association in 2020 achieving a superior rating for a sports story.