Keep Kids in the Game for Life Through STOP Sports Injuries

Healthcare and Business Leaders, and Professional Athletes Join Forces to
Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy

Lincoln, Nebraska –– Today, Strasburger Orthopaedics is coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and more than 1,000 other organizations and sports medicine practices from around the country to promote the STOP Sports Injuries program.

STOP Sports Injuries educates athletes, parents, 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 program includes tip sheets on teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in a young athletes’ life, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.

Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise. According to the National Center 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.

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.

“Regardless of whether the athlete is a professional, an amateur, an Olympian or a young recreational athlete, the number of sports injuries is increasing – but the escalation of injuries in kids is the most alarming,” said Dr. James Andrews, former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Chair. “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”

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Strasburger Orthopaedics is a clinic specializing in joint surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Strasburger is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and has been practicing medicine for over 18 years. Schedule a consultation at (402) 466-0100 or learn more at http://strasburgerorthopaedics.com

The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global, sports medicine organization representing the interests of orthopaedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids.

Contact:

Jordan Wagner, Alloire on behalf of Strasburger Orthopaedics, jordan@alloire.com

Christina Tomaso, AOSSM Director of Marketing Communications at christina@aossm.org

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