Preventing soccer injuries theme of free lecture

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that half of the four million children injured during sports events or practices suffer repeat injuries. These figures are likely underestimated because other professionals like chiropractors and physical therapists, who also treat young injured players, are not included. There is mounting attention nationally on the growing problem of injuries incurred in our youth because of overuse problems.

An awareness group called STOP Sports Injuries is building national attention to address this problem. An April 1, 2010, online Wall Street Journal article mentions STOP:

“[STOP] also is pushing against a cultural shift in youth sports. From baseball to volleyball, kids are increasingly trying to attain mastery of a sport by specializing. That has made certain sports increasingly competitive, further encouraging kids—backed by parents—to train harder and longer, parents and sports trainers say.”

Ankle sprains, ACL tears, shoulder injuries and head concussions are more prevalent than ever. Physicians are even seeing overuse patterns they’ve not seen before.

Dr. Mike Urban of Urban Chiropractic Spine and Sports Clinic and Liz Donnelly of Training by Liz will present a free lecture to parents, kids and coaches called “Staying in the Game: Injury Prevention for Young Soccer Players” on Saturday, May 22, from 4:00-4:45 p.m. at the Fairview Hospital Wellness Center, Room 100, 3035 Wooster Road in Rocky River. Attendees may call 440-623-0957 to register and for more details.
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:46 PM, 05.11.2010