Orthopaedic surgeons working to stem the rising tide of sports injuries

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Two San Antonio businesses are joining a national coalition that is seeking to reduce the number of youth sports injuries.

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group and online youth sports magazine are teaming up to promote the Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention or STOP Sports Injuries campaign locally. STOP Sports Injuries was created in early 2007 by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Since then, local groups throughout the country have been signing on as partners.

The campaign provides information on how to reduce injuries as well as info on how playing safe and smart can actually enhance and extend a child’s athletic career. Across the United States, youth sports injuries have been growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 30 million children and adolescents are participating in youth sports and nearly 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive some sort of medical treatment for sports injuries each year. An estimated half of these injuries are preventable.

Officials with San Antonio Orthopaedic Group and say their goal is to reach as many local parents, students, teachers, coaches, booster clubs and athletic directors with better tips on how to keep young athletes safe.

“Youth sports injuries are a problem that we all can do something about,” says Brad Tolin, sports medicine surgeon with the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. “Youth sports injuries are linked to two different factors. The first is the increased participation of children playing sports at younger and younger ages, and the second involves those who participate in year-round play. The old adage ‘No pain, no gain,’ used with prior generations of athletes needs to be tempered, with a shift to one that says, ‘listen to your body’s warning signals.’ ”

The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group will provide tip sheets and articles on sports injuries on its Web site and at the company’s seven clinics. also will post information on its site. has covered 130 high schools from San Antonio to Eagle Pass, from Beeville to Burnet and from Shiner to Cotulla since 2001.

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