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.
Leaders of UI Sports Medicine and University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City announced they are joining the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to help prevent sports injuries among young athletes.
“We know that many of these injuries from participation in recreational and organized sport activity are preventable, and with the help of the STOP educational initiatives we hope to reduce these significantly,” said Ned Amendola, MD, director of UI Sports Medicine.
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.
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 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA are also campaign supporters.
Faculty and staff at UI Sports Medicine serve people who participate in sports and fitness activities and help them stay active throughout all stages of life. They meet the needs of elite athletes and people from all walks of life, including older adults who want to maintain their mobility so they can remain active in their daily endeavors.