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Football, soccer, cheerleading and volleyball are popular fall youth sports activities. As kids settle into the new school year, they’re also excited to hit the field again. To help reduce the risk of common injuries, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) offer safety tips to keep kids in the game and out of emergency rooms.
According to recent research, specializing in one sport at an early age, isn’t what’s going to make your child an elite athlete – diversifying participation in a multitude of sports and not playing year-round, as promoted by the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign, though just might.
Summer is coming to an end, and it won’t be long before athletes and sports enthusiasts take to the field to play soccer, football, volleyball or some other fall sport. To prepare for the upcoming fall sports season, orthopaedic surgeons share tips to help athletes stay clear of injuries.
The STOP Sports Injuries campaign is pleased to announce that famed, Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, Tommy John, has joined in the fight to prevent youth sports injuries.
Participating in multiple sports didn’t keep women’s soccer star, Christie Rampone from becoming one of the best in the world, instead it enhanced her performance and now she will be selected for the fourth time to the Women’s Olympic Soccer Team.
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.
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 STOP Sports Injuries campaign has several free resources and events available to help educate parents, coaches and athletes on preventing sports injuries and keep kids in the game for life, including:
The basketball season is in full swing, and while players and spectators love the on-court action, all that fancy foot and hand movement can cause a wide range of injuries – from sprained ankles and knees, to jammed fingers and stress fractures.
Johns Hopkins sports medicine specialists are joining forces with colleagues, academic societies, sports celebrities and professional athletic organizations to raise awareness about the growing number of children with sports injuries.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS –– A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey recently found that reports of concussions are up 60 percent over the past decade in hospital emergency rooms. And the increase isn’t a result of more injuries; it’s because people now understand the seriousness of sports injuries, and are taking preventive measure, such as participating in concussion education via text messaging.
AOSSM Director of Communications
6300 North River Road, Suite 500 • Rosemont, IL 60018 • Phone: 1-847-655-8660 • www.STOPSportsInjuries.org