Avoid injury in teen and young athletes this fall

Avoid injury in teen and young athletes this fall

ROSEMONT, Ill. (September 6, 2018)–After school sports are a large part of many adolescent lives. These sports provide healthy competition that shapes young athletes where they may develop self-discipline and teamwork, and improve physical fitness and coordination. However, if sports are not played carefully and symptoms of injury are not recognized, severe damage can occur.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2016, emergency departments, doctors’ offices and clinics treated:  
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) encourages parents and athletes to follow these safety tips and share them with young athletes to reduce their risk of injury, keeping them healthy and active long after the season is over.
“It’s important to remember, young athletes’ bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are still developing during their adolescent years,” said AAOS spokesperson and orthopaedic sports surgeon Anita Rao, MD. “This makes them more vulnerable to injury. An injury to the growth plate of an adolescent who is continuing to grow can cause bone deformity, creating problems for life.”
The AAOS recommends the following fall sport safety tips for young athletes:
More Information about the AAOS
With more than 38,000 members, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is the world’s largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The AAOS provides educational programs for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals, champions and advances the highest quality musculoskeletal care for patients, and is the authoritative source of information on bone and joint conditions, treatments and related issues. 

For a guide to safety for young athletes visit, OrthoInfo.org.

Visit AAOS, at:
Newsroom.aaos.org for bone and joint health news, stats, facts, images and interview requests.
ANationinMotion.org for inspirational patient stories, and orthopaedic surgeon tips on maintaining bone and joint health, avoiding injuries, treating musculoskeletal conditions and navigating recovery.
Orthoinfo.org for patient information on hundreds of orthopaedic diseases and conditions.

Kelly King Johnson
phone: 847-384-4033
email: king@aaos.org

Abby Watson
phone: 847-384-4036
email: watson@aaos.org