NEW YORK—September 22, 2009
A study at the CHArm Center found that young people are especially prone to hand and arm injuries while participating in youth sports. “The combination of youthful activity and still-growing bones makes children and adolescents susceptible to this type of injury, especially if they’re involved in youth sports such as basketball, soccer or baseball,” Dr. Carlson notes.
“Of the 394 patients seen at the CHArm Center since it opened in October 2005, 47 percent came in for injuries they sustained while playing a sport, either organized or recreationally with friends,” said Dr. Carlson. According to CHArm Center data, they most frequently participated in basketball, soccer or baseball.
The good news is that young people can stay active and avoid injury through prevention techniques and mindful parental supervision, according to Dr. Carlson. To prevent accidents and injuries in organized sports, Dr. Carlson, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends the following guidelines for parents:
Dr. Carlson says specific questions or plans for a young athlete’s training should be directed to the child’s pediatrician. Read more about the CHArm Center and its services, or call 1.888.CHArm40 (1.888.242.7640).
The Children and Adolescent Hand and Arm (CHArm) Center at Hospital for Special Surgery is a comprehensive resource dedicated to the treatment, research and education of all children and adolescents. The CHArm Center’s multidisciplinary team of specialists provides care for children and adolescents with a variety of hand and arm conditions including orthopedic trauma and sports injuries, rheumatologic conditions, neurological disorders, congenital defects and tumors.
The CHArm Center staff provides educational outreach programs to area schools, parents, athletic coaches and health-care workers. By providing information about hand and arm safety and ways to avoid common upper extremity injuries, doctors at the CHArm Center hope to decrease the number of accidental hand injuries in the pediatric and adolescent population.