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Preventing injuries
in young athletes

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Education & Academic Affairs

Leon Root, MD, Pediatric Outreach Program

Hospital for Special Surgery’s Leon Root, MD, Pediatric Outreach Program (POP) is a unique sports injury prevention program for middle school and high school athletes from diverse communities in New York City.

The overall goal of the HSS POP program is to prevent injuries in young athletes participating in sports by offering injury prevention screenings at no cost. The screening has two components:

  • A musculoskeletal evaluation to detect bone, muscle, and joint problems related to student/athlete participation in sports
  • A movement analysis assessment to identify deficiencies in flexibility, strength, and posture

POP is performed on-site at school during weekdays by an HSS team led by pediatric orthopedic physicians, physical therapists, sports performance specialists, and nurses. POP also introduces athletes and coaches to the principles of injury prevention and proper movement patterns.

Schedule a Screening

To find out more about POP or to schedule a free, on-site screening, please contact Vilma Briones, MA, manager, at brionesv@hss.edu or 212.774.2886 or Dr. Daniel Green at greendw@hss.edu or 212.606.1631.

Pediatric Outreach Program Screenings

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In Loving Memory
We would like to acknowledge Dr. Leon Root, founder of the HSS POP Program, for his 26 years of service to many underserved children in NYC.

VIDEO: Celebrating 25 Years of the Leon M. Root, MD, Pediatric Outreach Program