OrthoVirginia Blog

Putting a STOP to Sports Injuries

Frank Pettrone, MD, specializes in sports medicine and practices out of our Arlington and Tysons Corner offices.

As an orthopaedic surgeon at Commonwealth Orthopaedics, I am seeing a rise in the number of youth sports injuries while the age of these young athletes is decreasing. In particular, I am seeing more overuse injuries in younger kids. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes alone account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.

That’s why the AOSSM and the AAOS joined the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and SAFE Kids USA and launched the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries campaign. The campaign educates athletes, parents, 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 increasing number of youth sports injuries affects everyone involved in a young athlete’s life—coaches, parents, trainers and healthcare providers. We created the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to raise awareness about the problem and provide accurate information to keep the lines of communication open and ensure that young athletes stay healthy, stay on the field and stay out of the operating room,” said James R. Andrews, MD, president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).

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.

Read for more information about the STOP program.

Frank Pettrone, MD, specializes in sports medicine annd practices out of our Arlington and Tysons Corner offices.