Vail doc talks about youth sports injuries |

Vail doc talks about youth sports injuries

Daily staff report
VAIL CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyDr. Peter J. Millett

VAIL – Dr. Peter J. Millett, orthopedic shoulder surgeon and sports medicine specialist with the Steadman Clinic in Vail, will speak on the topic of youth sports injuries to athletes, parents, coaches and trainers during a special presentation sponsored by the Vail Valley Medical Center.

The event, titled, “Staying in the Game for Life: Sports and Sports Medicine and their Affect on our Children!” will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Berry Creek Middle School in Edwards. The public is invited to attend.

According to the website STOP (Sports Injuries campaign), there is a growing epidemic of preventable youth sports injuries that sideline many athletes at a very young age. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that nearly 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the United States each year – many starting at a very young age and continuing through young adulthood. It is estimated that more than 3.5 million kids under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year, a large majority contributed to overuse.

Millett’s presentation will address preventing overuse and traumatic injuries in youth sports. He will provide tips and recommendations for young athletes who train daily and who are involved in competitive sports such as basketball, soccer, hockey, baseball and football. These athletes are at a higher risk for developing arthritis at a young age.

Early prevention is crucial in protecting youth and adolescents from injuries. It is recommended that athletes, parents of athletes, and coaches attend this special event to learn early prevention techniques. For more information email or call 970-477-5177.

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