(SAN ANTONIO) October 15, 2010 – The incidence of youth sports injuries has increased at an alarming rate and now account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC also says that nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports and nearly 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. Most importantly, perhaps, the CDC says that more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
The increase in injuries is linked to two different factors; the first being the increased participation of children playing sports at younger and younger ages, and the second involves those who participate in year-round play.
In September of this year, The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group and SASports.com, joined with a national coalition of health care providers to promote an awareness campaign called the Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention or STOP Sports Injuries.
The national program was created in early 2007 by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine). Nationally, campaign partners include the, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Athletic Trainers Association American Association. The program focuses on prevention and education for coaches, parents, health providers and student athletes.
The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group is one of the area’s largest orthopaedic practices and the only local healthcare group to be an official supporter of this national program.
Our goal is to reach as many local parents, students, teachers, coaches, booster clubs and athletic directors as we can in order to help keep our kids safe. Our message is simple. The old adage, “No pain, no gain,” used with prior generations of athletes has changed to, “Listen to your body’s warning signals.” And everyone involved with youth sports can play a role.
The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group is dedicated to your health and supports the initiatives of the STOP program. Everyone involved with youth sports injuries can play a role in preventing injuries.
If you are a healthcare provider, student athlete, coach or parent, we encourage you to Take the Pledge to do YOUR part and participate in the movement by going to the link at visiting the TSAOG Website. Visitors to this site can learn more about the program, view podcasts, and discover injury prevention tips for the following sports and conditions:
- Heat illness
- Overuse injury
For immediate diagnosis and treatment of an athletic injury, we welcome walk-ins at the OrthoNow Urgent Care Clinic located at The Orthopaedic Institute near Jones-Maltsberger and 281. You may also schedule an appointment by calling 210.804.5424. The OrthoNow Urgent Care Clinic offers extended hours and accepts most insurance plans.
If you wish to speak with one of our Sports Medicine Institute physicians regarding specific questions on the STOP program, you may visit the “Our Physicians” section of website for contact information at www.tsaog.com.
Dr. Brad Tolin is an orthopaedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, total knee and joint replacement; cartilage restoration procedures; and sports medicine.
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ABOUT THE SAN ANTONIO ORTHOPAEDIC GROUP
The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group was established in 1947 for the purpose of providing the highest quality of orthopedic, medical, and surgical care to the regional San Antonio community, surrounding areas, and beyond. Its board certified surgeons are experienced, skilled, and subspecialty trained to care for and treat the full range of musculoskeletal disorders, diseases, and injuries to the human body in the areas of adult reconstructive, arthroscopic surgery, hand foot and ankle, spine, sports, trauma and general orthopedics.