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Sports Medicine Experts Address Young Athlete Injuries and the Dangers of Sports Specialization

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) 14th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference

New York—February 23, 2012

Event:             Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) 14th Annual
Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference

More than 30 million children participate in sports every year in the United States, and it is estimated that more than 3.5 million of those children receive medical treatment for sport injuries. To help educate pediatricians, physicians, athletic trainers and physical therapists on the physical risks of sports specialization in young athletes, how to properly manage sports-related medical issues, and the latest treatment advances, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is hosting its 14th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference.

This conference will draw on the expertise of Hospital for Special Surgery’s Sports Medicine Service as well as other leaders in the fields of sports medicine and pediatrics.

Date:               Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time:              7:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Place:             Uris Auditorium

1300 York Avenue at 69th Street

(adjacent to Hospital for Special Surgery)

                        Weill Cornell Medical College

New York City


Personnel:     Jordan Metzl, M.D., Pediatric Sports Medicine Physician and national sports medicine expert, Hospital for Special Surgery 

                        Daniel W. Green, M.D., Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery 


Keynote         Marjorie Snyder, Ph.D., SHARP Executive Leadership Team and Research Director, Women’s Sports Foundation


Address:         “Title IX at 40: What Does the Future Hold?” 


Details:           Increasingly, young athletes are specializing in just one sport, leading to a heightened risk of injury along with additional physiologic and psychological demands from intense training regimens. With an increased level of intensity among young athletes, it is important to recognize and identify the physical and mental risks associated with sports specialization.


“Sport specialization in young athletes has become an increasingly controversial subject for parents, coaches, and health care providers. Yes, it probably produces better baseball players, soccer players, gymnasts and swimmers, but at what cost?” says Jordan Metzl, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery. “By providing this forum, an interdisciplinary conference that will address these issues, we are trying to help health care providers who work with athletic kids and teens make the best possible decisions for their patients.”

A national expert in pediatric sports medicine, Dr. Metzl is co-director of the symposium and will also moderate a panel on headaches and bone health in young athletes.


In addition to physical risks of sports specialization in young athletes, topics at the 14th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference will include:


·        Hip pain in adolescents

·        Shoulder dislocation in the adolescent athlete

·        ACL injury prevention

·        Strength training for young athletes

·        Swim mechanics for young athletes


For the full program, please follow the link:  


If you are interested in attending the event or if you would like to speak with Dr. Metzl or Dr. Green prior to the event, please contact Tracy Hickenbottom, Public Relations, Hospital for Special Surgery, at (212) 606-1197, hickenbottomt@hss.edu. 

We also invite you to contact us throughout the spring sports season if you would like to interview members of the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports Medicine Service when you are writing and need background on sports-related injuries.  


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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