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“We started tracking youth sports injuries at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in the year 2000 when all my examining rooms started filling up with kids 13, 14, 15 years of age. I said, ‘My goodness. I didn’t know I was a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.’ ”

Dr. James R. Andrews, CoachSafely Foundation Medical Director
Research Points of Emphasis

Bigger than the NFL, NBA and MLB

  • Youth sports is the largest segment of organized sports in the United States.
  • Some 36 million children and adolescents participate each year compared to 5,000 professional athletes, 480,000 college athletes and eight (8) million high school athletes.
  • NCYS reports that 70 percent of children and adolescents who participate quit playing sports by age 13.

National Data on the Epidemic

  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital reports that of the 36 million youth sports participants, eight (8) million will receive medical care for an injury annually.
  • Sports injuries are the second leading cause of emergency room visits for children and adolescents.
  • These numbers leave out the injuries not seen by a physician.

HSS Injury Surveillance Study

  • To create an Independent Review Board (IRB) study at the Hospital for Special Surgery to collect self-reported youth sports-related injury data from 40 sports clubs across the United States
  • To pilot youth sports’ first complete Injury Surveillance and Reporting database
  • To analyze the data to guide future education and policy decisions
Our National Research Partner
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Hospital for Special Surgery

HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, ranked No. 1 in orthopedics for 14 years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. HSS also has been among the top-ranked hospitals for both orthopedics and rheumatology for 32 consecutive years.

The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration.

Doctors and physical therapists from HSS have the distinction of being team physicians and athletic trainers for professional and college sports teams such as the New York Giants, Knicks and Mets.

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