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STOP Sports Injuries


Keep Kids in the Game for Life Through the STOP Sports Injuries 
Healthcare and, Business Leaders, and Professional Athletes Join Forces to
   Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy
Gainesville, VA –– Today, leaders at Elite Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy are coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, National Strength and Conditioning Association and Safe Kids USA to promote the STOP Sports Injuries campaign. 
The campaign educates athletes, parents, athletic trainers, coaches and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. The STOP Sports Injuries campaign highlights include teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in young athletes’ lives, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The campaign website and pledge are available at www.STOPSportsInjuries.org.
Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise.  According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year. 
“Education is one of the key components to keeping our athletes healthy and returning them to their respected sports with improved techniques and knowledge in preventing injuries in the future,” said Anna-Marie Hammond, PT, DPT, ATC, Owner of Elite Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy
The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
“Regardless of whether the athlete is a professional, an amateur, an Olympian or a young recreational athlete, the number of sports injuries is increasing – but the escalation of injuries in kids is the most alarming,” said Dr. James Andrews, former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Campaign Chair.  “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”
Supporting the STOP Sports Injuries campaign are the country’s leading sports medicine organizations along with professional athletes and business leaders who have signed on as members of the campaign’s Council of Champions. This Council will help raise additional awareness about this growing epidemic of youth sports injuries.  Some of the founding members of the Council include former Olympic champions Christie Rampone, Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair, professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, MLB baseball player John Smoltz, NFL Hall of Fame defensive end, Howie Long, and Heisman Trophy winner and St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
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Elite Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy is a privately owned physical therapy practice with a staff comprised of dual-credentialed therapists utilizing an interdisciplinary treatment model incorporating both Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy for treating physically active individuals of all ages. From minor injuries to post-surgical rehabilitation, knowledgeable therapists will provide your therapy with one goal in mind, to provide you with the finest care to allow for a speedy recovery to help you return to your activities. The experience and education of our staff allows us to work with and understand the demands of the ELITE athlete in everyone.