SOURCE: KSF Orthopaedic Center

KSF Orthopaedic Center

April 16, 2012 11:53 ET

KSF Orthopaedic Center Kicks Off Youth Sports Safety Month With Awareness Campaign

Serving Youth Sports Teams Throughout North Houston, the KSF Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group Launches Educational Initiative -- Underscores Safety Steps to Keep Young Athletes Strong

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Apr 16, 2012) - The orthopedic and sports medicine specialists of KSF Orthopaedic Center, P.A., which are an integral part of youth sports programs throughout the area, launch an educational initiative as young athletes gear up for spring and summer sports.

Together with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the STOP Sports Injuries campaign, the group is working to communicate safety tips and warning signs of overuse injuries.

According to Dr. Michael George, sports medicine specialist at KSF Orthopaedic, while the group works year round to educate young athletes and their parents on warning signs of overuse injuries and ways to stay in peak physical health, April is an opportunity to underscore key points to coaches, youth sports organizers and school administrators.

"Education is a big part of what we do in sports medicine and April, as 'Youth Sports Safety' month, gives our message additional momentum. This information can help establish early on good habits and an approach to sports training that young athletes carry into adulthood," said George.

Team physician for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and Prairie View A&M University, as well as several area high schools, George says that nearly half of all sports injuries that occur (more than five million annually) are due to overuse. Young athletes involved in sports with seemingly continuous seasons, little breaks and rigorous practices are susceptible to overuse injuries.

"A nine-year-old boy participating in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year, traveling with the team, playing local parks and then throwing in his own backyard to supplement practice is a candidate for an overuse injury," said George.

"The body, particularly growing ones, need some recovery time. Rest is an important part of training. Most overuse injuries are preventable -- but left untreated, they may require surgery and have lifelong consequences," he added.

George and his KSF colleagues are trying to help those working with young athletes understand that stress on a developing body and subsequent injury could permanently sideline these athletes -- denying them the lifelong lessons that athletic participation and team sports can teach.

Some of the tips underscored in this initiative designed to help "keep kids on the field and out of the operating room" include:

  • Get a pre-season physical
  • Properly warm up and cool down before and after an activity
  • Obtain instruction on proper training and technique
  • Develop skills that are age appropriate
  • Increase training gradually
  • Don't specialize in one sport
  • Don't play year-round -- rest at the end of each season
  • Don't play through the pain -- speak up if you are hurt

Dr. George was one of the first doctors in Houston to earn the Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. At KSF Orthopaedic Center, he is part of a select group of orthopedic and sports medicine specialists serving the community and offering the latest treatment options at the comprehensive orthopedic and rehabilitation center.

For more information on Youth Sports Safety visit STOPSportsInjuries.org or www.ksfortho.com. Call (281) 440-6960 to schedule a consult.