Local Leaders in Healthcare and Business along with Professional Athletes Join Forces to Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy
Young Athletes Overuse Their Bodies and Strike Out Too Early
Rosemont, IL –– Today, Rod Walters, President of Walters Inc. – Consultant in Sports Medicine is coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA to launch the STOP Sports Injuries campaign.
The campaign will educate athletes, parents, trainers, coaches and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes’ lives, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge. The campaign website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.
Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.
Walters stated “as a former member of the National Athletic Trainers Association’s Board of Directors and a veteran Athletic Trainer of 28 years in college athletics, I certainly understand the value of prevention of sports injuries. This is a challenge for physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, and parents. As a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, I certainly appreciate their lead in this vital initiative.”
The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
“Regardless of whether the athlete is a professional, an amateur, an Olympian or a young recreational athlete, the number of sports injuries is increasing – but the escalation of injuries in kids is the most alarming,” said Dr. James Andrews, president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Campaign Chair. “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”
Supporting the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are the country’s leading sports medicine organizations along with professional athletes and business leaders who have signed on as members of the campaign’s Council of Champions. This Council will help raise additional awareness about this growing epidemic of youth sports injuries. Some of the founding members of the Council include former Olympic champions Christie Rampone, Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, MLB baseball player John Smoltz, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, Howie Long, and Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford.
Thought - May 17 2010
With all the recent news about Sickle Cell Trait, and the associated deaths, there are two areas that stick out with me.
1. Regardless if your institution screens for SCT - the case stands to assume all your athletes are SCT positive and look for the symptoms and treat appropriately.
2. There resonates a recurring theme that the following events or situations are often related to SCT events:
b. Heat stress
c. Rapid conditioning
d. Sustained maximal exertion
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Education is the key – education relative to the problem and associated symptoms and rapid, aggressive treatment.