As school starts, so do youth sports injuries

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The University of Michigan’s new Michigan NeuroSport Concussion Program seems to be cropping up everywhere, and as far as I can tell, it’s all part of a coordinated effort by the University. They already claim to have one of the only pediatric sport programs in the country, and now they’re expanding it with a clinical and research focus on “neurological sports injuries.”

In related news, the latest CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report includes an analysis of the numbers for “Heat Illness Among High School Athletes” from 2005 to 2009. The study examined 100 schools and nine sports, and found that heat-related illness was most common in football, and that August was the worst month for such afflictions.

AHCJ has a rich pool of resources for journalists looking to report beyond the press releases on stories like these, including:

Tip sheets
Concussions in young athletes
Reporting on sports injuries in school-age children
Health and education: Two intersecting beats
Health and education: Reporting resources
Blog posts
Tougher concussion rules from high school assn.
GAO evaluates youth concussion databases
Concussion more likely when hit is unexpected (Youth hockey study)
Attention focuses on football’s neurological effects
AP story: Hundreds of PTSD soldiers likely misdiagnosed

1 thought on “As school starts, so do youth sports injuries

  1. Art Carlson

    An interesting seminar being held this Friday-Monday at Harvard on youth sports injuries and their prevention. Apparently the evolving real-time technology (in this case, known as Avatar) is being applied to real-time interaction between physician and patient. More than telemedicine, this is completely interactive and could have enormous ramifications for streamlining healthcare costs… especially where paperwork, counseling and record keeping is concerned.

    Seminar involves Cloud Industries Health, the Andrews Institute of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine (Gulf Breeze, FL) and Baptist Health Care of Pensacola, FL.

    Location: Harvard Faculty Club (8/27-30)

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