Chris G. Koutures, MD, FAAP Pediatric and sports medicine specialist

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Proud physician:
USA Volleyball Mens/Womens National Teams
CS Fullerton Intercollegiate Athletics
Chapman University Dance Department
Orange Lutheran High School

Co-Author of Acclaimed Textbook

Pediatric Sports Medicine: Essentials for Office Evaluation

Orange County Physician Of Excellence, 2015 and 2016


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USA Volleyball Sports Medicine Experts Present at CHOC Children's Sports Cardiology Conference

The 2017 CHOC Children's Sports Cardiology Conference asks the question "What is the Role of the Cardiologist in the Sports Medicine Team?"

Our USA Volleyball Sports Medicine Team will be there to share our experience and provide our expert answers.

Several years ago, expert pediatric cardiologist Paul Grossfeld offered his services to USA Volleyball.

The results have been eye-opening and intriguing.

Focused elite athlete screening evaluations have not just provided insights for our players, but for all volleyball athletes and even other taller athletes participating in high level sport.

The process has not been without challenges.

Informing athletes of higher risk conditions  and making decisions about career status and potential termination is never easy.

However, thanks to our on-going study, we have been able to contribute necessary data and experience to the conversation about screening and risk stratification in elite, taller athletes.

Our team looks forward to sharing this knowledge and extending our collaboration with important colleagues.

August 27th is Date for 2016 OC Concussion Return to Learn Seminar


We are pleased to have the renown educator and speaker Brenda Eagen-Brown, MEd, CBIS return to the OC to review practical recommendations for post-concussion Return to Learn protocols and management.

We encourage school and district-based teams to bring Return to Learn protocols, success stories, and challenging cases to create an interactive opportunity for professional growth and collaboration.

Location: CHOC Childrens Hospital Wade Center (455 S. Main, Orange, CA 92868)

Date: Saturday, August 27th

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Objectives: Participants will have a firm understanding of:

1. Concussion impact on classroom performance

2. Strategies and accommodations to reduce student symptom severity

3. Collaborating with other interdisciplinary professionals (medical/rehab/athletic) for

optimum student concussion management

4. Why schools should identify professionals at the school building level to monitor

symptoms and academics through recovery

5. Identifying key barriers to treatment for minority or underrepresented populations.

(per American Academy of Pediatrics cultural diversity requirement)

Who would benefit from attending?

  • Classroom Educators
  • School Nurses
  • Special Education Instructors
  • School Psychologists
  • Principals and Assistant Principals
  • Guidance Counselors
  • Speech and Language Therapy Specialists
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Community Pediatric Health Care Professionals
  • Mental Health Specialists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Neuro-Optometrists
  • Strongly recommend forming school-based teams to attend and maximize the learning experience

Click here for information on the 2015 OC Concussion Return to Learn Seminar


3 Whole Food Recommendations for Young Athletes

When making sports nutrition recommendations, I tend to favor the collateral benefits, lower costs, and the "knowing what you are getting", of whole food sources rather than individual vitamin or nutrient preparations. 

I was energized to  share the podium at the 2015 CHOC Children's RD's in Practice: Pediatric Sports Nutrition Conference with some truly amazing colleagues, and in reviewing their handouts, I found some new whole food thoughts that I felt needed to be shared.

I want to give full credit to both Shondra and Jessica Brown of CHOC Children's Sports Nutrition Program for organizing the conference, and to Becci Twombley, RD, CSSD who presented on the following important food sources for young athletes:

  • Importance of Whey Protein and Leucine
    • Whey protein is a quickly digested protein which can lead to more immediate muscle recovery
    • Whey protein is also high in the amino acid leucine, which can be decreased 30% after high intensity exercise
    • Good sources of whey protein (and thus leucine) include Greek Yogurt, eggs, steak and milk.
      • Yet another nod for Chocolate Milk as a post-exercise recovery beverage- not only do you get the whey protein and leucine, but the associated carbohydrates enhance the protein absorption and don't forget the calcium and Vitamin D!
  • Make a Beeline for Beets
    • High in betalines and beta-carotenes which include anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties for boosting immunity 
    • Beets also have a high content of nitrates which increase nutrient delivery through augmented blood flow to working muscle, allowing for more efficient exercise
    • Best to eat either beet juice shots or 3-5 raw or juiced beets 2 1/2 hours before training (prolonged cooking of beets kill the betalines)
  • Probiotics for health of your digestive tract
    • Probiotics are live micro-organisms in the digestive tract that support absorption of nutrients and enhance immune function
    • Use of probiotics can reduce both the number of days and overall severity of respiratory illnesses
    • A solid probiotic source is none other than Greek yogurt....1/2 to 1 cup either daily or every other day will also give you that whey/leucine fix mentioned above and further stress the importance of whole food nutrition sources!



Video: Dr. Koutures Grand Rounds on Performing Arts Medical Care

August 20, 2014 - Grand Rounds - CHOC Children's Hospital

Click Here for Video: The Performing Arts Athlete: Anticipatory Guidance & Evaluation

Chris Koutures, MD, FAAP
Pediatric and Sports Medicine Specialist
Anaheim Hills, CA
Medical Team Physician, Cal State Fullerton and USA National Volleyball Teams

Outcomes - At the conclusion of this presentation, the physician leaner will be able to:
1. Provide anticipatory guidance to young dancers and performers about nutrition, rest, risk of overuse, and other key injury/illness concerns.
2. Appreciate the various forms of dance and recognize certain movements and positions that can lead to both acute and overuse injuries.