The epidemic that’s ruining youth sports

New York Post—June 19, 2017

New York Post featured HSS primary care sports medicine physician Brett G. Toresdahl, MD, and his patient Tiffany Lin, who spoke about overuse injuries in youth athletes.

An avid soccer player, Tiffany began experiencing a persistent pain in her right knee. After consulting Dr. Toresdahl, she was diagnosed with Osgood-Schlatter disease, which is inflammation of the area just below the knee due to stress from playing soccer.

"I've certainly seen patients with overuse injuries at 13, 14, 15 who are playing year-round ball," said Dr. Toresdahl. "It’s young people with injuries that weren’t common when there was a diversity of sports — three different sports and three different seasons. The variety of the stress on their body wasn’t causing it to break down to the degree we are seeing now."

Dr. Toresdahl added, “the purpose of youth sports is to keep kids healthy, out of trouble and foster a lifelong love of exercise and sports. But there’s no longer any tapering in youth sports."

Tiffany is currently resting, and said "I'm getting better. I'm learning how to ice, stretch and rest."

Read the full article at nypost.com. This also appeared in the June 20, 2017 print edition.

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