The Prevention of Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports
We have a huge problem right now with the amount of overuse injuries we are seeing in youth sports. Did you know that 50% of youth sports injuries are overuse injuries? Call me crazy, but aren’t overuse injuries easy to prevent, especially in this population?!? I have discussed this previously in regard to youth baseball injuries:
- The Reason Why There are so Many Youth Pitching Injuries
- Preventing Youth Pitching Injuries
- Little League Pitch Count Rules
This is a big topic for me as I get to see the effects of overuse injuries in baseball everyday. I am ABSOLUTELY AMAZED at the amount of overuse injuries seen in youth sports that are preventable. I’m always amazed this time of year when I watch the Little League world series and see the kids getting overused and pitch count limitations being abused.
STOP Youth Sports Injuries
If you haven’t seen it yet, there is a new program called STOP Youth Sports Injuries develpped by the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. The program is dedicated to reducing overuse injuries in youth sports. Please check out the STOP Youth Sports Injuries website.
They recently had a live webinar discussing the prevention of youth overuse injuries that is recorded and viewable here.
There are a ton of great resources and information. Please share this post to spread the word and help STOP overuse injuries in youth sports!