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1 | immediate pre-hospital care;
age. An Aspen Institute study compiled of 1,200 october 20th | world osteoporosis day
2 | increased emergency management knowl- youth athletes found that early specialization in
World Osteoporosis Day is dedicated to raising
edge and training;
sports is one of the biggest factors leading to an global awareness about prevention, diagnosis, and
3 | adequate supply of pre-hospital care injury. The study observed youth athletes in early treatment of osteoporosis and metabolic bone
equipment and facilities.
specialization that played one sport year-round. disease. The goal is to put bone, muscle, and
The results found that between 70%-93% of joint health on the global health agenda through
While we are accustomed to life in a developed youth athletes specializing in a sport were more healthcare professionals, the media, policy makers,
country, there are some key takeaways from World likely to get injured than youth athletes playing and members of the general public.
Trauma Day we should keep in mind to prevent a multiple sports. Focusing on one sport year-round
traumatic injury during our day-to-day activities: does not give the muscles any rest. This lack of
Osteoporosis is a condition in which bones
rest paired with the athlete constantly trying to become weak and fragile from a loss of bone
do not drive when you are tired or under improve his or her play causes a neglect to soreness, tissue due to various factors like age, hormonal
the influence
and can eventually lead to serious injury. These changes, medications and vitamin deficiencies.
do not text and drive, and always
injuries can cause stress fractures and an array of One in three women and one in five men aged
injuries to the shoulders, knees, hips, back, and 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic
remember to wear your seatbelt
ankles. Chronic injuries can also occur when early fracture in their lifetime. Osteoporosis is a
drive safely, be mindful of road
specialization takes place because the athlete goes silent disease without symptoms until there is a
conditions, and try to avoid risk even
back to doing the same sport that caused fracture. Fractures can happen even without a
if you are in a hurry
in the first place.
fall or with trivial actions like sneezing, lifting a
remember that every second is crucial
child, or moving furniture. Fractures caused by
for an injured person
As a fellowship-trained sports medicine surgeon, osteoporosis result in significant morbidity and
accidents happen, but use extreme
Dr. Kenneth Brislin of OAA's Sports Medicine loss of mobility.
caution when the potential for a
Institute sees firsthand the impact sports spetraumatic injury is present (i.e. fireworks or
cialization is having on youth athletics. "Our
Dr. Mythili Seetharaman of OAA's Rheuclimbing a ladder)
young athletes are choosing to specialize in one matology Institute provided this insight into
sport at earlier and earlier ages. The pressure to osteoporosis: "Fractures from osteoporosis are
october 19th | world pediatric bone
specialize comes from many sources including more common than breast cancer, heart attacks,
the child, parents, and coaches. We are seeing a or strokes. However, the general awareness for
and joint day (pb&j day)
Pediatric Bone and Joint Day, also known as the disappearance of three-sport athletes that was this condition is far less. The key is to promote
fun and fitting acronym PB&J Day, focuses on once prevalent up to and including high school bone health from childhood with diet and
important bone and joint-related conditions athletics. Today, young athletes and their parents exercise, age appropriate screening, identifying
specific to adolescents. While there are some fear that if they do not specialize early enough or risk factors, fall prevention, and timely intervenconditions, such as juvenile arthritis, that can get on the right team at the right age, they will tion."Learn more about World Osteoporosis Day:
impact the bone and joint health in our youth, miss the opportunity for a college scholarship or
the focus of this day during Bone and Joint Week a championship season. Not only are our young
To learn more about Bone and Joint Action
is often focused toward athletic injuries. Given athletes practicing more often, but many athletes
OAA's history in sports medicine, athletic injuries will also do extra training above and beyond Week or to see some available resources, visit the
in children and young adults is commonplace their sport practices. We are beginning to see United States Bone and Joint Initiative's website
injuries in children that were once exclusive to ( It is important to keep bone and joint
at our practice.
professional athletes. OAA and the orthopaedic health in mind not only during Bone and Joint
The prevalence of athletic injuries affecting sports community at large have begun to speak Action Week, but also throughout the rest of the
the bones and joints of our youth has progres- out regarding sports specialization and the rise year so we can continue to avoid possible injuries
sively increased over the years. Many credit in sports injuries. We need to realize that these or conditions that can inhibit our quality of life
this to increased sport participation, increased athletes are children with developing bodies or activities we enjoy!
detection with newer medical technology and and developing minds. We need to remember
education, increased focus on intense training to encourage and support these athletes as they
With multiple locations in the Lehigh Valley, OAA Orthopaedic
to develop athletic skills at a young age, and develop their skills. My hope is that OAA can Specialists has been a dynamic provider of orthopaedic care and
sports specialization - a hot topic in the world work to help prevent these sports injuries, stop research for more than 40 years. The practice is comprised of
of sports medicine.
the early specialization, and make children and 27 physicians and surgeons who diagnose and treat conditions
their parents realize that it is okay to play more related to the foot and ankle, hand and upper extremities, joint
The youth athlete can be more susceptible to than one sport."
replacements, physical rehabilitation, rheumatology, spine and
injury when specializing in a sport at a young
scoliosis, sports medicine, work injuries, and more.

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