Online counseling helps reduce injuries in highly specialized youth athletes

iStockphoto.com 465924830 Early single-sport specialization in youth athletes is associated with increased risk of reinjury in addition to primary injury, but online counseling can help to reduce those risks, according to two studies from Atlanta presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March. Both sets of findings were presented by Neeru Jayanthi, MD, a sports medicine physician at the Emory School of Medicine, who was the first author of a 2015 study that made headlines with its conclusion that injury risk was twice as high for highly specialized youth athletes than in those who participated in multiple sports. In Monaco, Jayanthi presented three-year follow-up results for the same population, including the finding that nearly 70% of the reported injuries were reinjuries (approximately half of which were in the same location as the previous injury).

iStockphoto.com 465924830 Early single-sport specialization in youth athletes is associated with increased risk of reinjury in addition to primary injury, but online counseling can help to reduce those risks, according to two studies from Atlanta presented at the IOC World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness in Sport, held in Monaco in March. Both sets of findings were presented by Neeru Jayanthi, MD, a sports medicine physician at the Emory School of Medicine, who was the first author of a 2015 study that made headlines with its conclusion that injury risk was twice as high for highly specialized youth athletes than in those who participated in multiple sports. In Monaco, Jayanthi presented three-year follow-up results for the same population, including the finding that nearly 70% of the reported injuries were reinjuries (approximately half of which were in the same location as the previous injury).

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Online counseling helps reduce injuries in highly specialized youth athletes