Leaders in Sports Medicine Discuss Prevention and Treatment of Injuries in Young Athletes

New York City—February 14, 2011 


Hospital for Special Surgery 13th Annual
Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference

It is estimated that every year in the United States, more than 30 million children participate in sports and more than 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for sports injuries. To help athletic trainers, physical therapists and pediatricians better understand the latest surgical advances and rehabilitative techniques available to treat young athletes, Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City is hosting its 13th Annual Sports Medicine for the Young Athlete Conference.

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

Date: Saturday, February 26, 2011

Time: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place: Uris Auditorium
1300 York Avenue at 69th Street (adjacent to Hospital for Special Surgery)
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York


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

Andrew D. Pearle, M.D., Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery; Clinical Director, Computer Assisted Surgery Center, Hospital for Special Surgery

James J. Kinderknecht, M.D., Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery

Keynote Address: Thomas Farley, M.D., MPH, NYC Health Commissione
"Encouraging Fitness in an Urban Landscape"


Experts say that given the intensity of youth sports today, injuries that are more common in older athletes are showing up in younger athletes in large numbers.

"With an increasing number of young athletes performing at elevated levels, the risk for injury is greater. As such, staying educated on the most up-to-date research, treatment options and surgical techniques is critical," says Jordan Metzl, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery. A national expert in pediatric sports medicine, Dr. Metzl is co-director of the symposium and will also moderate a panel on adolescent concussions.

Topics will include:

  • Recognizing issues specific to the overweight and obese young athlete
  • Maintaining the health of the adolescent thrower
  • Prevention and evaluation of ACL injuries, especially in female athletes
  • Risk factors for patella dislocation, a frequent injury in teens
  • Recognizing and treating concussions in adolescents

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, Dr. Green, Dr. Pearle or Dr. Kinderknecht 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 and Shoulder Service when you are writing and need background on sports-related injuries.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 3 in rheumatology, and No. 16 in neurology by U.S.News & World Report (2010-11), and has received Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. A member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS provides orthopedic and rheumatologic patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. All Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College. 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 http://www.hss.edu/.

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