Child Playing Fall Sports? HSS Surgeon Answers Parents' Injury Questions

Stamford Daily Voice—September 27, 2016

In a recent article published in the Stamford Daily Voice, Daniel W. Green, MD, MS, FAAP, FACS, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, advises readers on different sports-related injuries that young athletes may experience while playing a fall sport.

For example, Dr. Green answered this question: "My 15-year-old son plays football and one of his teammates injured his shoulder. Is it common for adolescents to get shoulder surgery for major injuries?"

He replies, "Shoulder injuries in teenagers are common and can vary greatly. Clavicle or collarbone fractures are especially common and many injuries can be treated conservatively so the patient can get back on the football field within 4-6 weeks. Only severe cases require surgical intervention."

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