Introduction: Preventing Youth Sports Injuries


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Dr. Christina Morganti shares information on preventing youth sports injuries, including training tips, overuse injuries, the differences in youth anatomy and ways to keep your kids in the game.

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  • Introduction: Preventing Youth Sports Injuries

    1. 1. Christina Morganti, MD Sports and Shoulder SurgeryOrthopaedics and Sports Medicine
    2. 2.  Lost time from play in the short term Pain/discomfort Mental anguish/anxiety Disruption of usual “routine” including socialization Potential for long term consequences
    3. 3. The Problem• 30 million children participate in organized sports (Source: Safe Kids USA)• Participation in high school athletics is increasing, with more than 7.3 million high school students participating annually (Source: National Federation of State High School Associations)• High school athletics account for more than 2 million injuries annually, (including 30,000 hospitalizations); Half of these are overuse injuries (Source: Centers for Disease Control)• Young athletes are specializing in sports (and positions) at an earlier age.
    4. 4. The Lasting Problem – Part 270% of kids participating in sports drop out by the age of 13because of • Adults • Coaches • ParentsThese children lose the benefits of exercise, teamwork and healthy competition!
    5. 5. Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention
    6. 6.  -Attention to Safety -Protective equipment -Technique changes -Rules changes
    7. 7.  Physiologic benefits to skeletal health, lean mass, neuromuscular coordination. Psychologic benefits to self esteem, general sense of well being. Social benefits from the culture of healthy living and camaraderie, “stay out of trouble”, plan for future.
    8. 8.  Kids are different physiologically, mentall y, socially from adults. Changing at a rapid rate “Formative years” Habits formed may last a lifetime. Injury may have long term consequences
    9. 9.  Physis= growth plate Apophysis Vulnerable points, “weak link” Injury can lead to deformity “Growth spurt” issue Shape of bones
    10. 10.  Times are different and still changing.  Shear numbers of participants growing  Intensity of competition increasing.  Free-play time decreasing.  Sedentary time increasing, “indoor distractions”.
    11. 11.  Different kinds of kids. Low, mediu m, and high. What is the general level of fitness?
    12. 12.  Training allows for the adaption of structures strength to accommodate the typical load applied to the structure.  The load may be too high for the strength of the structure.  The strength may be too load low to tolerate the load applied.
    13. 13.  Overuse injuries constitute the majority of youth sports injuries. Overuse injuries can be avoided by adjustments in training regimen, based on individual needs of the athlete. Think about improving the general level of conditioning of the athlete and good training habits/technique as well as sports-specific skills.
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