Hospital for Special Surgery Gives Young Athletes Special Medical Care

Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes Opens at Hospital

New York, NY—July 25, 2001

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) today announced the opening of its Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes. The Institute is the first integrated center in New York City dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, research, and prevention of injuries in athletes under 18 years of age.

"HSS is an internationally recognized leader in orthopedics and sports medicine for professional and amateur athletes. Specialized Centers, such as the Women's Sports Medicine Center and now the Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes, have been established to meet the needs of this growing population," said John Reynolds, CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery.

The 18-and-under age group includes about 30 million sports participants -- an all-time high. With sports participation on the rise among adolescents, so too are sports injuries. The Sports Medicine Institute for Young Athletes is designed to respond to the specific medical needs of young athletes while offering guidance in nutrition and education.

"The Institute will research and address many issues exclusive to young athletes," said Dr. Jordan Metzl, founder and Medical Director of the Institute. "Performance enhancing drug use and growth plate injuries, for example, require special attention and different treatment in younger athletes."

The Institute's co-founder and Orthopedic Director Dr. Robert Marx added, "The conditioning and training of young athletes is not the same as that for adults. It's important to protect them from overuse injuries and physical damage that can cause lifelong disabilities."

The Institute is located at 519 East 72nd Street in Manhattan, reachable at 212-606-1000 and In addition to its medical director and orthopedic director, the Institute will have sports nutritionists, an athletic trainer, an educational outreach director and pediatric orthopedists.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is the world’s largest academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics and No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2016-2017), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. HSS is an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at


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