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A New Chapter For Pediatricians: Multimedia Book Helps Physicians Diagnose and Treat Youth Sports Injuries

Sports related injuries most common cause of visits to the doctor for young athletes, creating a need for increased knowledge of diagnosis and treatment

NEW YORK, N.Y.—October 28, 2007

A new and innovative book for pediatricians is taking a different approach in helping to increase knowledge and understanding in the field of sports medicine. The book applies written information on sports medicine along with video case-based teaching to fully demonstrate the proper ways of diagnosing and treating sports related injuries in young athletes.

With more than 30 million children playing sports in the United States, sports injuries are the most common cause of visits to pediatricians for people under the age of 18. Yet, less than six hours of training during a pediatrician’s residency is related to musculoskeletal and sports medicine. Recognizing the need for improving knowledge and clinical skills in this area, the American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) teamed up with Jordan D. Metzl, M.D., FAAP, sports medicine physician and nationally recognized pediatric sports medicine specialist at New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, to come up with a solution.

The result is a trendsetting book, Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office: Multimedia Case-Based Text with Video, a book and DVD which explain and show how to examine specific sports injuries, how to differentiate between different types of injuries, and how to evaluate x-rays; additionally, the book provides prevention exercises for patients and handouts that pediatricians can share with patients.

“From my experience, people learn best through hands-on teaching,” said Dr. Metzl. “That’s why we decided to include case studies and a DVD along with the written text. It allows pediatricians to see how they should assess, diagnose and treat common sports injuries. Most importantly, it’s a resource to help them provide quality patient care.”

Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office has come out to many accolades from the medical community. “In many ways, this volume is the informational ‘strength training’ we have all been waiting for when it comes to improving our knowledge and clinical skills in the field of sports medicine,” said Lewis R. First, M.D., FAAP, professor and chair of the department of pediatrics at University of Vermont College of Medicine and chief of pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital, in the foreword of the book.

In commenting about the book to fellow pediatricians, Andrew Gregory, M.D., FAAP from Vanderbilt University said, “This is a must-have reference for every pediatrician’s office. The videos walk you through everything you need to know about sports medicine injuries in children. This is like the musculoskeletal rotation that you never got in residency.”

Increasing knowledge among pediatricians about sports injuries is not limited to the United States. “The lack of training during residency is a worldwide issue,” said Dr. Metzl. “That’s why this multimedia resource is also being translated into several other languages, so that pediatricians throughout the world can benefit from it.”

The selection of Dr. Metzl and Hospital for Special Surgery for this project further demonstrates the hospital’s leadership in education. “With quality patient care at the center of the sports medicine service, our physicians and residents remain committed to being a source for outstanding initiatives in education, training, research and information for local, national and international communities,” said Russell F. Warren, M.D., attending orthopedic surgeon at HSS. 

Contributors to the book from Hospital for Special Surgery include Robert G. Marx, M.D., MSc, FRCSC, attending orthopedic surgeon; Ben Heyworth, M.D., resident physician in orthopedic surgery; Drago Novkovic, ATC, athletic trainer; Amanda Sparrow, PT, advanced clinician in pediatrics; and James Voos, M.D., resident physician in orthopedic surgery.

View sample chapters from Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office: Multimedia Case-Based Text with Video that demonstrate how the book takes a comprehensive approach to improving pediatricians’ knowledge.

 

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 eighth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2017-2018). 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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