American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 25, 2012

Stretching prevents injuries in baseball/volleyball shoulder injuries

ATLANTA, GA – Marc R. Safran, MD, presented “The importance of the pre-participation evaluation in the prevention of shoulder injuries” at the 21st American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA on April 21, 2012.

Injury prevention is an extremely important topic for elite and recreational athletes. Shoulder injuries are common in overhead athletes, but employing certain evaluation techniques may allow for identification of high-risk athletes and implementation of injury prevention strategies.

“Identifying strength and flexibility deficits early allows for development of a program that addresses these problems early,” said Dr. Safran. “Small studies have suggested that stretching prevents injuries in baseball and volleyball players.”

The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including prevention of sudden death, cardiovascular issues in athletes, concussion, biologic therapies, and other controversies facing the field of sports medicine.

More than 1,200 sports medicine physicians from across the United States and 12 countries around the world are attending the meeting.

Dr. Safran is Professor and Associate Director of the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. He is a team physician for the Stanford teams and Chief orthopaedic consultant for the WTA. Dr. Safran is the director of the orthopaedic sport medicine fellowship program at Stanford.

The AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy, and the care of athletes of all ages. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of more than 2,000 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.

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