American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release May 09, 2003

OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS:  "Athletic kids with fractures-a whole different ball game than adults! This was one of the take home messages provided by Dr. Paul Stricker during his presentation at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) annual Meeting in April, 2003. Dr. Stricker reviewed the differences between taking care of fractures in the pediatric athlete, and their adult counterparts. He underscored the importance for considering growth plates, location of injury, and other developmental issues when caring for the young athlete, including their maturity and ability to handle tasks requiring coordination or discipline. He also spoke about the importance of proper casting and warned parents about the problem of "UFO’s such as ink pens and other foreign bodies that kids will use to scratch inside their casts. Finally, Dr. Stricker reviewed some of the challenging "return to play decisions confronting the physician in the 21st century caring for the young athlete, and again, how these differ than those same decisions in the college or professional athlete. Dr. Stricker reminded physicians to "think beyond the box when taking care of the pediatric aged athlete. Dr. Stricker is a physician at the Scripps Clinic Sports Medicine center in LaJolla CA, a physician for the 2000 Olympics, and a board member for the AMSSM.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) was organized in 1991 by a group of physicians who recognized the need for an organization within the field of sports medicine that approached athletes, exercising individuals, and teams comprehensively with consultative and continuous care of their orthopedic, medical, nutritional, and psychosocial issues. Although sports medicine concepts are often thought of in conjunction with professional and elite athletes, these concepts apply to athletes of all levels including grade school, high school, college and recreational athletes ("weekend athletes). AMSSM is comprised of Sports Medicine Physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.

NOTE: For more information, please contact the AMSSM, 4000 W. 114th St., Suite 100, Leawood, KS 66211, (913) 327-1415.

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