• MAY 14

    Keep Kids in the Game for Life Through STOP Sports Injuries

    Healthcare, Business Leaders and Professional Athletes Join Forces to Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy

    Corpus Christi, TX –– Today, leaders at South Texas Bone & Joint are coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and more than 1,000 other organizations and sports medicine practices from around the country to promote the STOP Sports Injuries program.

    STOP Sports Injuries educates athletes, parents, 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. The program includes tip sheets on teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in a young athletes’ life, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

    Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise. According to the National Center 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.

    “Athletes face all sorts of daily challenges. Choosing the right exercise regimen, environmental factors, nutrition selections, periodization, training and fitness, all play a part in reducing the risk of injury,” states Amber Ferrand, Doctor of Physical Therapy at South Texas Bone & Joint. She additionally states, “we continue to see an upward trend in frequency of injuries for athletes of the Coastal Bend. Fatigue from overtraining, deficits in athletic strength, nutritional and sleep imbalances, and early specialization all contribute to a body becoming more vulnerable and less athletic. This susceptibility leads to a higher risk of a non-contractile injury, which can lead to permanent damage.”

    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, former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Chair. “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”

    At South Texas Bone & Joint, our Sports Medicine Specialists are trained to treat athletes of all ages and abilities to perform at their very best. Our close-knit and dynamic team consists of Doctors, Sports Medicine Specialists, Physical Therapists, and Orthopaedic Surgeons, all working together with Coaches, Athletic Trainers, and Strength and Conditioning Specialists, to help athletes excel in their sport, reduce risk of injury, recover from injury, and get back to doing what they love. For athletes to be in top physical form, proper programming and coordinated care is key. It takes a team, working on a customized plan to maximize athletic performance and reduce risk of injuries. This is a key reason why South Texas Bone & Joint has teamed with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the STOP Sports injuries program.

    The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global, sports medicine organization representing the interests of Orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.

    Contact: Christina Tomaso, AOSSM Director of Marketing Communications at christina@aossm.org

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