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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 POP is to prevent injuries in young athletes participating in sports by offering them injury prevention screenings at no cost.

The program 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 onsite 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.

For more information
To find out more about POP or to schedule a screening, please contact Vilma Briones, MA, manager, at Brionesv@hss.eduor 212.774.2886 or Dr. Daniel Green at or 212.606.1631.

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.