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July 24, 2005

Pediatric Sports Injuries

Several of the clients I see have conditions that they say stem from old injuries incurred in high school sports. The problem, children athletes don't report pain for fear of being taken out of the sport. Left untreated, these injuries often lead to lifelong problems.

Each year, up to three million pediatric sports-related injuries are reported with more than 700,000 injuries occurring in school settings alone, the Centers for Disease Control reports.

Bethel massage therapist William Ron McKnight wants to show that he can design conditioning programs to help athletes avoid injuries. "No one talks about prevention. They talk about changing equipment, changing coaches, or training for the sport better," McKnight said.

Gregory, the pediatric sports medicine doctor, said that young athletes need to listen to their bodies more. "Anything that educates the young athletes about how the body works and about physical fitness has its place in sports medicine," he said.

Posted by linda at July 24, 2005 8:56 AM

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