Elevate Sports Medicine, a service of Memorial Hospital of Union County, has joined with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Safe Kids USA to promote the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign.

The campaign educates athletes, parents, athletic trainers, 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 STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes’ lives, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The campaign website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

“We are proud to join the STOP Sports Injuries Campaign,” shares Randy Moore, PT, OCS, MBA, Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at Memorial Hospital. “Injury prevention is a strong component of our Elevate Sports Medicine program, so the campaign was a natural fit. Their goal aligns with our mission to help keep young athletes educated and active in their sport, while working with parents, coaches, and trainers for a well-rounded approach to athletics.”

Elevate Sports Medicine provides a comprehensive line of sports medicine programs, uniting experts in more than 12 specialty areas at Memorial Hospital. The program offers a full spectrum of services, from skill enhancement and injury prevention to injury treatment and recovery for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Establishing a convenient, one-stop center of excellence for sports medicine, the program increases communication and collaboration, speeds test results and diagnoses, and lets treatment begin faster, all so patients can resume participation as soon as possible.

Sports injuries among youth 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.

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, 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 AOSSM and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Campaign Chair. “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”

Supporting the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are the country’s leading sports medicine organizations, along with professional athletes and business leaders who have signed on as members of the campaign’s Council of Champions. This Council will help raise additional awareness about this growing epidemic of youth sports injuries. Some of the founding members of the Council include former Olympic champions Christie Rampone, Eric Heiden, and Bonnie Blair, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, MLB baseball player John Smoltz, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long, and Heisman Trophy winner and St. Lois Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.

To learn more about Elevate Sports Medicine, visit elevatesportsmed.com.


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