Contact: Laura Decoster: laura@NHMI.net, 603.627.9728
Mayor Gatsas Proclaims November 15-21 Youth Sports Safety Week in Manchester (NH)
Recognizing that we must make sure our young athletes are safe, Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has proclaimed November 15-21 Youth Sports Safety Week. Safe Sports Network, a nonprofit program in greater Manchester, will present several activities during the week. With more than 5 million youth sports injuries every year in the US, everyone involved has a role in improving youth sports safety. Events include free sports physicals and classes to help recognize and treat emergencies. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is the primary sponsor of Youth Sports Safety Week. Central High School, Manchester Boys & Girls Club and NH Orthopaedic Center will host events.
The Week will kick off on Saturday, November 15 with a CPR/1st aid/AED course for coaches. This class will be taught by sports medicine experts who will tailor the content and make it extremely pertinent for youth/high school coaches. (8am-1pm, Central High School, PA Building Auditorium). THE MAYOR WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT APPROXIMATELY 10 AM TO ISSUE HIS PROCLAMATION.
On Tuesday, November 18, student-athletes will learn signs and symptoms of potentially-catastrophic sports injuries and illnesses in New Hampshire’s third Athletes Saving Athletes™ class. The theme of this course is, “What you know may save someone you know.” What a difference that might make! (8:30am-12pm, Manchester Boys and Girls Club, 555 Union St., Manchester)
On Wednesday, November 19, student-athletes can participate in FREE sports physicals. These physicals are intended specifically to clear students for sports participation. They incorporate special history questions along with vision and musculoskeletal screenings that can identify potential risk factors for young athletes. (5:30-7pm, New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center, 9 Washington Pl., Bedford)
On Thursday, November 20, parents will learn important signs and symptoms about concussions and how to protect their young athletes. Also covered this evening will be hands-only CPR and AED. This session can help parents know what to expect if their child is concussed and help them make a difference in an emergency. (530-7 PM, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 650 Elm Street, 6th floor, Manchester)
In addition to activities planned for Youth Sports Safety Week, Safe Sports Network is available throughout the year. Young athletes can take advantage of the FREE sports injury drop in clinic held at 35 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester. Safe Sports can help youth leagues implement a concussion management program just like college athletes get. Safe Sports Network is a nonprofit program. All services to athletes are free. For more information or to register for any events, please call 627-9728 or email Amy@nhmi.net.
NHMI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing knowledge in musculoskeletal care and sports medicine and to promoting and providing a safe sports environment for athletes. Young athletes from Greater Manchester receive free sports medicine services through its largest program, the Safe Sports Network. For more information, visit www.nhmi.net
For the last two weeks the Little League Baseball World Series has captured the imagination of people across the country. Mo’ne Davis took center stage as she became the first female in Little League World Series history to shut out a team. The kids from Jackie Robinson West on the South Side of Chicago inspired us as they reached all the way to the championship game.
At a time when we’re celebrating youth baseball, we should reflect on the increase in surgeries performed on young baseball players. This article by Dr. Bouvier covers ulnar collateral ligament injuries, from symptoms, risk factors and testing to treatment.
ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT INJURIES OF THE ELBOW
Elbow injuries in adolescent athletes have gained quite a bit of attention over the last decade with increased sports participation, physician awareness, and media attention. There has also been an alarming rate of increased surgical procedure performed in younger athletes in that timeframe.
What is it?
The ulnar collateral ligament is a 3 part ligament on the inside part of the elbow that connects the upper arm to one of the forearm bones (ulna). It provides stability to the hinge joint of the elbow resisting the outward directed stress placed on the elbow during the throwing motion. Pitching a baseball has been shown to generate forces at the elbow very close to the ultimate strength of the ulnar collateral ligament, which over time and repetition, can lead to failure of the ligament.
To learn more about the symptoms, risk factors, testing and treatment of ulnar collateral ligament injuries see Dr. Bouvier’s complete article. You will also find some useful safety guidelines from USA Baseball on youth and pitching limits.
Listen to what Anthony Marino, MD had to say about the New England Patriots, and the many players returning after injuries and surgeries last season. How do you think they will do this year?
Did you miss the Best of NH Party this year? Check out this video to see some highlights of the evening you missed. New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center even got its 5 seconds of fame!
Need to earn CME credits and looking for a seminar to join? Attend the New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute’s 21st Annual Symposium and earn up to 6 Contact Hours and 1 CME credit. James Vailas, MD and Vladimir Sinkov, MD from New Hampshire Orthopaedic Center will be among the six speakers participating in this great event. Click here to visit the NHMI website to learn more about New Hampshire Musculoskeletal Institute and to register for the event.
Listen to Dr. Soghikian’s interview from today on ESPN-NH as he discussed the Patriot’s recent draft pick Dominique Easely’s 2 ACL surgeries.
We are proud to be included in New Hampshire Magazine’s Top Doctors for 2014! Congratulations to all Physicians who made the list. Check out the full New Hampshire Magazine’s ‘Top Doctors’ list http://www.nhmagazine.com/Top-Doctors/