Experts Debate Lure of Sports, Impact on Health & Wellness of Young Athletes

Released: 18-Dec-2012 10:00 AM EST
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Newswise — Pediatric and sports medicine experts from NYU Langone Medical Center joined colleagues from the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies’ Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management to explore the potential risks to young athletes in the pursuit of athletic glory, sports scholarship and professional fortune. The panel discussion was held last month at the NYU Kimmel Center for University Life in Manhattan, and was attended by several hundred medical, law and sports management students, local coaches and parents.

In addition to tens of thousands of professional and amateur athletes, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are more than 38 million boys and girls participating in organized youth sports in the U.S. During the recent discussion, panelists agreed that parents, teachers and administrators must understand that sports are big business – and the lure of scholarships and professional fame and fortune can negatively influence a child’s development.

The event featured top athletes, sports media professionals, as well as sports medicine and management experts who identified key points of the issue, including:
• Sports can provide excellent opportunities to build friendships, healthy lifestyles and teach important life lessons about teamwork
• The health and well being of young athletes pressured to achieve athletic success can be at risk
•Medical professionals, educators, parents, coaches, and business and community leaders must collaborate to protect the future of young athletes

Moderated by Arthur Miller, University Professor and Director of Public Dialogues at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the 2nd Annual Sports in America Series: The Arthur Miller Dialogues was entitled “Young Athletes: The Costs, Sacrifices, and Consequences.” The panelists included:
• Jessica Abramovich, executive director, American Youth Football
• Arthur L. Caplan, PhD, bioethicist and director, Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Medical Center
• Dennis A. Cardone, DO, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center; medical director, New York City Public School Athletic League
• Mary Carillo, correspondent, HBO Real Sports and NBC Sports; former French Open Mixed Doubles champion, and Wimbledon and U.S. Open Doubles finalist; former world-ranked professional tennis player
• Harry Carson, former Captain and linebacker, New York Football Giants; member, Professional Football Hall of Fame; author and broadcaster
• Brian W. Hainline, MD, chief medical officer, United States Tennis Association; chief medical officer, National Collegiate Athletics Association (as of January, 2013); co-author, Positioning Youth Tennis for Success; and clinical associate professor, Department of Neurology, NYU Langone Medical Center
• Lee Igel, PhD, organizational psychologist; associate professor of sports management, NYU-SCPS Preston Robert Tisch Center
• Claudette Lajam, MD, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center
• Patricia Poitevien, MD, clinical assistant professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery
• Jonathan Vaughters, former pro-racing cyclist; manager, Garmin-Sharp Professional Cycling Team
• Rick Wolff, author; sports psychology and sports parenting expert; host, WFAN Sports Radio, The Sports Edge
• Warren K. Young, MD, assistant professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Langone Medical Center

Hosted by the NYU Sports & Society Program, the discussion was followed by questions from the audience. A replay of the discussion is available at NYU-SCPS.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Established in 1934, NYU-SCPS (scps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of NYU-SCPS arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education programs in fields such as Real Estate and Construction Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Global Affairs; Philanthropy and Fundraising; Graphic Communications Media, Publishing, and Digital Arts; Human Capital Management, Marketing, and Public Relations; with complementary strengths in the Liberal and Allied Arts; Translation and Interpreting; Management and Information Technology; and Finance and Taxation. More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by 55,000 annual enrollments in individual courses, specialized certificate programs, conferences, workshops, seminars, and public events. The School’s community is enriched by more than 25,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members.

About NYU Langone Medical Center
NYU Langone Medical Center, a world-class, patient-centered, integrated, academic medical center, is one of the nation’s premier centers for excellence in clinical care, biomedical research and medical education. Located in the heart of Manhattan, NYU Langone is composed of four hospitals – Tisch Hospital, its flagship acute care facility; the Hospital for Joint Diseases, recognized as one of the nation’s leading hospitals dedicated to orthopaedics and rheumatology; Hassenfeld Pediatric Center, a comprehensive pediatric hospital supporting a full array of children’s health services; and Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, the world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine – plus NYU School of Medicine, which since 1841 has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history. The medical center’s tri-fold mission to serve, teach and discover is achieved 365 days a year through the seamless integration of a culture devoted to excellence in patient care, education and research. For more information, go to www.NYULMC.org.


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