Newswise — Dallas, TX – April 17, 2016 – Neeru Jayanthi, MD, Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Emory University Sports Medicine Center in Atlanta, GA, presented “The Effects of Serial Sports Training Risk Assessment and Counseling in Kids (T.R.A.C.K.)” at the 25th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine in Dallas, TX.

Dr. Jayanthi, who serves as Director of Tennis Medicine and Associate Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship at Emory, sought to determine the effects of sports-specific counseling on injury outcomes in youth athletes. In a two-year, randomized, double blind study, his research team followed 362 athletes in various sports, ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. Athletes randomized to the control group received serial monitoring every 3 months, while those randomized to the treatment group received a counseling intervention checklist at the same intervals.

At baseline, injured athletes in both groups were more likely to be older, spend more time on organized sports, spend less time on free play, and participate in sports year-round. After six months of follow-up, only 27.7% of athletes in the treatment group were injured, compared to 48.0% of athletes in the control group.

“Despite millions of young athletes participating in organized sports, there are few guidelines regarding the appropriate amount of training to limit the risk of injury in youth sports,” said Dr. Jayanthi. “This unique study now demonstrates that young athletes who receive occasional on-line counseling throughout the year to follow some simple training rules may actually reduce the future risk of injury. Some simple rules include playing multiple sports, training less hours/week than your age, and doing less than a 2:1 ratio of organized sports versus unorganized free play," he added.

However, current results are based on preliminary data from six months of follow-up; the authors caution that further results may vary based on longer length of follow-up.The 2016 conference, with more than 1,600 sports medicine physicians attending from throughout the United States and around the world, explores current decisions, controversies as well as best practices making that define the clinical practice of sports medicine.

About the AMSSM Annual Meeting: The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including concussion and mental health, tendinopathy, running medicine with a focus on nutrition, mechanics, youth running and ultramarathon, thromboembolic events, diabetes, sideline management of abdominal and chest trauma, low back pain, emerging technologies, bone health including a stress fracture workshop and treatment/interpretation of bone edema on MRI and more.

About the AMSSM: AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of 3,000 sports medicine physicians dedicated to education, research, advocacy and the care of athletes of all ages. The majority of AMSSM members are primary care physicians with fellowship training and added qualification in sports medicine who then combine their practice of sports medicine with their primary specialty. AMSSM includes members who specialize solely in non-surgical sports medicine and serve as team physicians at the youth level, NCAA, NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA, MLS and NHL, as well as with Olympic teams. By nature of their training and experience, sports medicine physicians are ideally suited to provide comprehensive medical care for athletes, sports teams or active individuals who are simply looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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