The easy way to take care of an injured athlete is to tell him or her not to play. Here at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Sports Medicine Center, we look for every way to get athletes back to the field, and if possible, help them stay active while recovering from an injury. Why?
- There are general health benefits of physical activity
- Lower body mass index (height to weight ratio) and higher aerobic capacity are associated with improved academic performance
- There is a positive relationship for sports participation and healthy psychosocial states for adolescents.
Dr. Shane Miller and Dr. Henry Ellis joined their peers in February at the 2nd annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRISM) meeting. PRISM has brought together a multi-disciplinary team to combine efforts to keep athletes on the field. The meeting, with its attendance of more than 120 of the nation’s pediatric sports medicine specialists, is one of a kind, and our experts took an active role in planning and presenting.
Because of the rise of sports participation in youth, and the concurrent rise in sports injuries, the use of health care resources has increased in this population. Though much progress has been made to ensure that we don’t treat young athletes like little adults, our providers agree that much research is needed.
When tackling the tough topics about how to perform surgery on small joints or how to prevent injuries in contact sports, the consistent theme was not to tell kids not to play. You can trust that our team is constantly working to find answers to these questions…
How do we keep athletes on the field when we do have to treat them? How do we get them back faster?