May 28, 2010
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Huskies’ Doctors Get Behind Injury Prevention Campaign
UConn Health Center Sports Medicine Physicians Endorse ‘STOP Sports Injuries’
FARMINGTON, CONN. – The doctors who care for the national champion UConn women’s basketball team endorse a campaign seeking to reduce injuries in young athletes.
STOP Sports Injuries is an effort to engage athletes and their parents, coaches and health care providers and help them learn more about the prevention, treatment and long-term effects of overuse and trauma injuries. STOP is an acronym for "Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention."
Sports medicine experts at the University of Connecticut Health Center’s New England Musculoskeletal Institute serve as team physicians and surgeons for all of UConn’s NCAA athletes.
"The STOP campaign is the single largest injury prevention program launched by sports medicine specialists in this country ever,” says Dr. Robert Arciero, chief of the UConn Health Center’s Sports Medicine Division. “It is a strategy of programs which include various media forums, educational programs and Internet instruction all aimed at first awareness of the epidemic proportion of injuries occurring in children and youth athletes."
Arciero, a nationally recognized expert in the management of shoulder and knee injuries, has treated many UConn athletes over the years, and has served as head physician for Team USA in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Hockey Championship tournament. He also is treasurer of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a STOP Sports Injuries organizational partner.
"The New England Musculoskeletal Institute is poised to provide instruction and education to youth athletes, parents, therapists, athletic trainers, coaches and other specialists in awareness, detection, prevention and management of these injuries," Arciero says.
"STOP Sports Injuries is one of the most important preventive ventures in sports medicine," says Dr. Thomas Trojian, director of the UConn Health Center’s Injury Prevention and Sports Outreach Programs. "One of the targets of this program is concussion awareness. We need to work with coaches, parents and players to make sure athletes do not return to play the same day of injury. After a head injury, they need to be seen by a licensed health professional knowledgeable in concussions."
More information about the New England Musculoskeletal Institute is available at http://nemsi.uchc.edu.
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