Sports Medicine Expert Warns Parents Against Pushing Children Into One Sport Year-Round
CBS Local Sports reports on the trend of youth league baseball becoming a year-round sport for many players, leading to an increased risk of overuse injuries according to experts.
The findings of a recent study showed athletes ages 15-19 accounted for 56.8 percent of all ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction procedures.
CBS Local Sports spoke to Stephen Fealy, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, who cited "The numbers for youths, and it’s almost impossible to keep true track of it on a national level, but anecdotally the numbers of youth injuries has seemed to continue to increase."
"The other thing that we really think is happening is, I’m here in New York and I grew up here, and essentially we would only pitch and throw during warm weather seasons in the spring, summer and fall," said Dr. Fealy. "But, what is happening is that baseball has become a year-round sport. More and more kids are throwing all year long. There really is no true downtime."
He added that not all UCL injuries in young athletes require surgery for treatment. Some may be eligible for PRP therapy, or can be treated non-surgically with rest and physical therapy.
Read the full article at CBSLocal.com.