Tips To Help Teens Train And Compete Safely In Sports

News-Line—October 3, 2014

The first step, and a requirement at most schools before the sports season begins, is medical clearance to certify that a young athlete has no underlying health problems.

Exercise is excellent for young people to maintain physical fitness, and many teens are returning to high school sports or starting a new athletic activity. Increased participation in football, soccer, basketball and other sports also leaves athletes more susceptible to injury, but certain good practices can help protect them from being sidelined, according to Scott Rodeo, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and co-chief emeritus, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Every year in August, HSS offers a free comprehensive pre-season medical screening for students in the NYC Public Schools Athletic League to ensure that they are fit to play team sports.

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