Occasional bumps and bruises are expected when kids play sports, but did you know that sprains, fractures, contusions, abrasions and concussions top the list of sports-related ER diagnoses in adolescents and teens? Join the Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital Young Athlete Center Parent Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 12 from 6:30-8 p.m. for “Injury Prevention in Youth Sports and Sports Psychology in the Pediatric and Adolescent Athlete.”
Held in the spacious lobby of the Orthopedic Suite at the new St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center of I-64 and Mason Road, this free event is the first in a series of lectures to help parents raise positive and healthy young athletes. Enjoy complimentary light refreshments and attendance prizes while learning more about injury prevention from Jeffrey Nepple, MD, and sports psychology from Megan Shelton, PhD.
“A large percentage of pediatric and adolescent sports injuries, potentially up to half, are overuse injuries that could be prevented someday,” says Jeffrey Nepple, MD, Washington University pediatric orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. “It’s important for parents and coaches to be aware of common overuse injuries seen in a given sport and to identify signs of these injuries at an early stage, hopefully to prevent more serious issues.”
Though media coverage has increased general awareness of young athlete health, Dr. Nepple emphasizes the need for more research-based information for parents, coaches and athletes from medical professionals.
“This first lecture in April will be a great educational forum for parents to get up-to-date information on injury prevention and sports anxiety in young athletes,” Dr. Nepple says. “And, for those who haven’t been to the new St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center, it’ll be a great chance to see the building and the other resources that come along with it.”
One such resource is the Young Athlete Center, located on the first floor of the St. Louis Specialty Care Center. There, clinicians from St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Washington University Orthopedics specialize in the care of pediatric and adolescent athletes, providing traditional and comprehensive sports medicine services that young athletes need including injury prevention, physical therapy, nutrition and psychology.
St. Louis Children’s Specialty Care Center is located at 13001 N. Outer 40, Town & Country, MO, 63017.
For over 130 years, Children's Hospital and its Washington University School of Medicine physician partners have remained a resource for pediatric health and wellness for the St. Louis region and beyond.
They provide care in every pediatric specialty — from fetal care through adolescence. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Louis Children's Hospital in all 10 specialties, the only children's hospital in Missouri to earn this distinction. Their Level One Pediatric Trauma Center is nationally verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the highest national recognition possible.
Call 314-454-KIDS (5437) to find a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, or to register for a class or event. Learn more at StLouisChildrens.org, member BJC Healthcare.