Is No Pain, No Gain the New Motto for Child Athletes? New American Osteopathic Association Survey Shows Parents Could Be Pushing their Child Athletes to Specialize in One Sport Too Early, Putting Them at Risk for Serious Injury
Survey results released by the AOA at its 2014 Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition, revealed that one-third of parents feel the opportunity for their children to compete in sports at a high level outweighs the risk of serious injury. The survey also found that one-sport specialization is starting at younger ages, which causes higher risk of injury.
AOA spokespeople, Robert Gotlin, DO, director of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation at Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, and R. Robert Franks, DO, an osteopathic family physician affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, are available for media interviews on the issue.
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