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|Orthopaedic Surgeons Empower Young Athletes, Parents, Coaches to Protect Growing Bodies|
|News Releases - Sports & Recreation|
|Written by Lisa Weisenberger|
|Tuesday, 03 April 2012 12:12|
New PSA Offers Tips for Avoiding Childhood
Rosemont, IL –– More than five million kids under the age of 18 suffer a sports-related injury each year with approximately half of these due to overuse, according to the CDC. April is Youth Sports Safety Month and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are teamed up with the release of a new radio and print public service announcement (PSA) on overuse sports injury prevention in kids.
Highlighted in the PSA is a common youth sport story: A nine-year-old boy participates in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year. He then plays on travel teams, on the local park’s little league team, trains with a pitching coach and then throws balls in his own backyard. The games become increasingly competitive and result in strain to his young, still-developing body. Then due to too much use, an arm injury sidelines him from the game he loves, and he instead sits watching his friends play.
“The escalation of injuries in kids, especially as they relate to overuse is alarming,” said orthopaedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, past president of AOSSM and STOP Sports Injuries Campaign Co-Chair. “Sports participation teaches kids priceless lessons about life, health and sportsmanship, but they need to be playing various sports, switching up their routines and armed with the correct information and tools to stay on the field and out of my operating room.”
AOSSM, AAOS and the STOP Sports Injuries campaign have several tips to share with all parents, coaches and young athletes to help prevent injuries:
"Young athletes want to be the best they can be, and they believe intense training and competition can help them achieve their goals. Sometimes, however, this approach can have the opposite effect. Frequent and repeated duplication of the same movement – whether in swimming, pitching, tumbling, jumping or serving - can produce an overuse injury that may jeopardize a child or teenager's sports career. With a few adjustments, parents and coaches can help make sports fun - and safe - again for young people," said Frederick Azar, MD, second vice president of the AAOS.
Parents, coaches, athletes and healthcare providers also can help to increase awareness in April and throughout the year by getting involved with the STOP Sports Injuries campaign at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org, which is focused on educating the public about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy.
April also is the perfect time to host a community event to help promote youth sports safety. Register your event online and receive a free STOP Sports Injuries campaign starter kit, including 50 copies of each of our printed tip sheets, posters, stickers, tattoos, folders and more. To learn more or participate in these events, visit www.STOPSportsInjuries.org
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