More than 35 million children participate in youth sports in the United States each year. Participation benefits our children’s health, while simultaneously building character, boosting self-esteem, and developing teamwork skills.
Unfortunately, more than 3.5 million of those children are treated for sports injuries. Overuse injuries and traumatic brain injuries are some of the most common traumas, but many are preventable. As orthopedic and sports medicine specialists, we hope to raise awareness for the improvement of sports performance and reduction of injury rates, so we can minimize exposure to lifelong musculoskeletal health issues.
If your young athlete experiences an injury or complains of persistent pain, make an appointment with one our experts who can advise you on treatment options, return-to-play decisions, and more. Call UConn Health Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at 860-679-6600.
As team doctors for the UConn Huskies and a number of professional sports organizations, we are experts at helping athletes maximize their performance, prevent injuries, and get back to competition after injury. We offer decades of experience caring for some of the world’s top athletes and the kind of advanced treatments you should expect from an academic medical center.
NeuroSport is our comprehensive program for athletes who suffer from neurologic injuries and persistent neurologic conditions. Combining the medical disciplines of sports neurology and orthopedics, NeuroSport specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries, epilepsy, and more.
Up to 3.8 million athletes in the United States will be treated for a concussion this year. Here are three signs of concussion that you should look for during sports practice or competition:
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We are proud to collaborate with the STOP Sports Injuries initiative to promote sports safety and injury reduction. Developed by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), STOP provides guidance on healthy and safe athletic participation. They offer resources for athletes, parents, and coaches, in addition to sports-specific information. They also provide statistics, access to providers, and more.
Youth Sports Injuries Statistics. Stop Sports Injuries, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
Youth Sports Statistics. statisticbrain.com, March 16, 2017.
Benefits Of Sports To A Child's Mind And Heart All Part Of The Game. NPR.org, July 1, 2015.