Keep Kids in the Game for Life Through STOP Sports Injuries

Apr 8, 2019 | Member News

Healthcare and, Business Leaders, and Professional Athletes Join Forces to Help Young Athletes Play Safe and Stay Healthy

Integrative Sports Medicine, 2020 S. College Avenue Unit C1, Fort Collins CO 80525 –– Today, leaders at Integrative Sports Medicine are coming together with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and more than 1,000 other organizations and sports medicine practices from around the country to promote the STOP Sports Injuries program.

STOP Sports Injuries educates athletes, parents, coaches and healthcare providers about the rapid increase in youth sports injuries, the necessary steps to help reverse the trend and the need to keep young athletes healthy. The program includes tip sheets on teaching proper prevention techniques, discussing the need for open communication between everyone involved in a young athletes’ life, and encouraging those affected to sign The Pledge to be an advocate for sports safety. The website and pledge are available at

Sports injuries among young athletes are on the rise.  According to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes, alone, account for an estimated two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations every year.

Integrative Sports Medicine is committed to providing care to people with all kinds of injuries and arthritis, and we are also committed to education and research in the injury prevention space.  We highly recommend Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine gait analysis, throwing analysis, and other preventive visits to protect your and your family’s fitness and general safety.

The high rate of youth sports injuries is fueled by an increase in overuse and trauma injuries and a lack of attention paid to proper injury prevention. According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.

“Regardless of whether the athlete is a professional, an amateur, an Olympian or a young recreational athlete, the number of sports injuries is increasing – but the escalation of injuries in kids is the most alarming,” said Dr. James Andrews, former president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and STOP Sports Injuries Co-Chair.  “Armed with the correct information and tools, today’s young athletes can remain healthy, play safe, and stay in the game for life.”

More information about Integrative Sports Medicine can be found at  For an appointment, contact (970) 825-6825.