CONCUSSION SEASON IS UPON US The national and international awareness of concussions over the past several years has been excellent. Whether we are talking about little leagues, high school, college or at the professional level, everyone including parents, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and physicians are well aware of the risks of concussions and most … Continued

Sports Injuries in Children

Here are some risk factors related to sports injuries in children: Children who are less developed than a more mature child of the samd age and weight are at increased risk for injury. Sports-related injury severity increases with age. Before puberty, girls suffer more sports injuries more severely than girls. During puberty, boys suffer more … Continued

Sports Injury Facts

About 30 million children and teens participate in some form of organized sports, yet approximately 3.5 million kids, ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities. Here are some facts taken from the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics: Although death from a sports injury … Continued

Estimated Injury Statistics for Young Athletes

Here are the rankings from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for estimated injury statistics related to sport for 5-14 year old athletes: (#1 being the most injuries) #1 Football #2 Bicycling #3 Basketball #4 Baseball/softball #5 Soccer #6 Skateboarding #7 Trampolines #8 Inline/roller skating #9 Snowboarding/skiing #10 Ice hockey

Young Athletes and Radiation

Why are young athletes more sensitive to radiation than adults? Here are 2 theories: Because children are growing more rapidly, there are more cells dividing and a greater opportunity for radiation to disrupt the process. Most young patients have many years of life expectancy ahead of them and the lifetime risk of cancer increases as … Continued

Low Back Pain in Children

We know that low back pain affects 80% of the population but did you know that its prevalence in children is somewhere between 7-51% depending on the study? Back pain in children is a major public health issue. The prognosis is that 90% are better in a few weeks to months but 25% are still … Continued

Sports-Related Spine Injuries

Dr. Geraci recently Chaired the North American Spine Society (NASS) mid year meeting and he spoke on the Differential Diagnosis of Sports-Related Spine Injuries in Young Athletes. Although orthopedic literature states that the most common spine injuries are bones with stress fractures, Dr. Geraci’s research review of 565 consecutive cases of back pain in 12-21 … Continued

Low Back Pain in Adolescents

Adolescents with Low Back Pain? YES! A significant increase in the occurrence of low back pain occurs at age 12 and older. Several studies have found that in all age groups above 11 years, more than 50% have experienced lower back pain at some time in their lives – 58.1% of females and 43.2% of … Continued