Geneva, NY –– Today, leaders at Finger Lakes Health Rehabilitation Services 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 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.
Dr. James B. Mark, M.D., is a longstanding member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and director of orthopaedics for Finger Lakes Health. “More than half of the injuries that occur are preventable. Our team of physicians at Interlakes Orthopaedic Surgery (IOS) and the therapists at Finger Lakes Health Rehabilitation Services are committed to the safety of our student-athletes and preventing sports related injuries.”
“Collaborating with the STOP program allows Finger Lakes Health Rehabilitation Services access to the most up to date, evidence based educational materials for our therapists, our community and our student-athletes to help prevent sports injuries and keep our kids in the game,” states Maureen Loyal, DPT, director of rehabilitation services.
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.”
Finger Lakes Health Rehabilitation Services offers free lectures on sports specific injuries. For more information or to schedule a lecture for your school or team or organization, please call, 315-787-4784.