Featuring Dr. Anthony Madallo, Dr. Joseph Bosco, Dr. Jenny Susser
With millions of children heading to emergency rooms from sports, dancing and other physical activities each year
Timely TV decided to make a film that will assist in explaining why this is happening and how it can be prevented. This is the latest edition to the Timely TV's Teen Health Series.
Increasing numbers of young children are becoming sports-specific and training year-round to compete at a competitive level of play, putting them at risk. Instead of throwing the ball around with Dad in the backyard many adolescents spend the majority of their free time training at little league or attending specialty summer camps.
Timely TV has sought out experts in the field of orthopedic medicine and a number of elite high school as well as professional and coaches across the country to provide an in depth look at proper training techniques, the various types of injuries that occur, how to spot them, and how much practice is too much.
Overuse injuries aren’t limited to a single sport or activity they can be seen every where: football, cheer leading, snowboarding, basketball, dance, tennis and track.
Any activity that could lead to a scholarship, professional career or the Olympics has the potential to create an environment where adolescents get hurt.
By overuse we’re not referring to acute injuries like sprains or broken bones, but much more critical and chronic problems related to ligaments, tendons and severe concussions; damage from these types of injuries can be irrevocable preventing the young athlete from every doing what they love again.
"They are overuse injuries pure and simple," Dr. James Andrews, a nationally prominent sports orthopedist, said. "You get a kid on the operating table and you say to yourself,
'It's impossible for a 13-year-old to have this kind of wear and tear.' We've got an epidemic going on." Some parents, teens and coaches simply do not understand that the body of an adolescent simply cannot withstand the same amount of abuse as a professional adult.If you take a close look at those who coach adolescent activities across this country you’ll notice its predominately volunteers and parents. The people who determine practice length, teach players training techniques and are there when someone is hurt are amateurs and have little to no real training themselves, which can have disastrous effects.
This film is needed now more then ever with more than 3.5 million children ages 14 and under suffering from sports- and recreation-related injuries each year and accounting for 21% of all the traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States. If you have a child who is an athlete or involved in any competitive activity, “Teenage Overuse Injuries” is a must see in order to have fun and stay safe.