STOP Sports Injuries
Andrews Institute Teams Up with Community to STOP Sports Injuries
Each year more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, making the prevention of such injuries a top priority among sports and health care industries. To help stop devastating sports injuries from plaguing young athletes in our region, the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine continues efforts with a community education initiative called "STOP Sports Injuries" and conducts seminars and provides information to coaches, parents, young athletes and the community throughout the year.
Renowned orthopaedic surgeon and namesake for the Andrews Institute, James R. Andrews, M.D. began the national "STOP Sports Injuries" campaign during his tenure as president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) to address the growing epidemic.
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I have seen my patient population and surgical cases get increasingly younger. Children, parents and coaches need to realize that kids need to take a break from playing one sport year round, said Dr. James Andrews, Sports should be fun for children. Overuse injuries in children is a concerning trend.
The STOP Sports Injuries campaign emphasizes the expertise of our coalition of experts, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and SAFE Kids USA. For more details, visit STOPSportsInjuries.org or call call 850.916.8673.