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Young Athletes Overuse Their Bodies and Strike Out Too Early
Date:6/3/2010

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist Raphael S. F. Longobardi, MD, supports the AOSSM STOP Sports Injuries Campaign

Hackensack, NJ (PRWEB) June 3, 2010 -- Dr. Raphael S. F. Longobardi of University Orthopaedic Center, PA, has joined forces with the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and other healthcare organizations to help launch the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries Campaign.

According to the 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 each year due to sports. More than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.

The STOP Sports Injuries Campaign educates athletes, parents, trainers, coaches and healthcare providers alike on the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, steps to reverse the trend and ways to keep young athletes healthy. STOP Sports Injuries teaches proper prevention techniques and the importance of open communication between everyone involved in a young athlete’s life. It also encourages those affected to sign The Pledge. A link to the pledge can be found at www.universityorthopaedic.com or at www.stopsportsinjuries.org

“As a father of young athletes, this pledge and campaign means a great deal to not only my children but to the many others who are involved in so many more activities nowadays, going from one surface of play to another.    The prevalence of injuries tend to be more often and earlier.” notes Dr. Longobardi, “At UOC, our goal is to not only treat, but to educate parents,
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