The development of STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries was initiated by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) in early 2007. Members of the Society’s Board of Directors, including STOP Sports Injuries co-campaign chair and renowned orthopaedic surgeon, James R. Andrews, MD, decided that the issue of overuse injuries in young athletes was becoming a critical issue for its members to address. The Board established a steering committee to investigate what types of activities and materials needed to be developed and in late 2009, the planning and fundraising efforts began in earnest with our renowned organizational partners, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, SAFE Kids USA, the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, and the Sports Physical Therapy Section. These organizations shared AOSSM’s concern about the increase in youth sports injuries and came together under the common goal to STOP Sports Injuries.
The comprehensive public outreach program focuses on the importance of sports safety-specifically relating to overuse and trauma injuries. The initiative not only raises awareness and provides education on injury reduction, but also highlights how playing safe and smart can enhance and extend a child’s athletic career, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity. Our message underscores the problems of overuse and trauma and emphasizes the expertise of our coalition of experts.
The STOP Sports Injuries educational initiative includes public service announcements, posters, brochures/fact sheets, electronic newsletter and an interactive website and other online outreach. The program will achieve a nationwide impact through a variety of media outlets, corporate and individual partnerships. However, local, grassroots outreach is the key to the campaign’s success.
STOP Sports Injuries wants to be sure that you have all the information you need to keep kids in the game for life. Whether you are an athlete, coach, healthcare provider or parent, we have the sports injury prevention tips and tools to make sure safety is your first priority.
STOP Sports Injuries is geared towards providing guidance on healthy and safe athletic participation and should not be considered a replacement for speaking with your physician, athletic trainer or other qualified healthcare provider.