American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release May 12, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, the Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance presented “Too Young to Specialize? Are we stunting the athletic development of our youth and increasing their injury risk?” as the ACSM Exchange Lecturer at the 20th Annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 4, 2011.

The conference, with over 1000 sports medicine physicians from across the United States and 5 countries around the world, featured several lectures on advances in sports medicine. Dr. Bergeron’s talk described the potential pitfalls of sport specialization in young athletes.

Dr. Bergeron said, “In studies of highly successful athletes, most had experiences in a different sport in which they are currently specializing. Variable sport exposures develop motor skills that will carry into other sports.”

Dr. Bergeron also serves as is the Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. Internationally known for his research in exercise, heat stress, and youth athletic health and leadership in the sports medicine community, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and also past Chair of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative – Youth Sports and Health Committee. He is a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and was recently a consultant member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Bergeron currently serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA Tour Medical Services. Dr. Bergeron has worked with a number of junior, collegiate, and professional athletes on training and nutrition related to preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat, with a particular emphasis on helping athletes to avoid muscle cramping.

The American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) is a multi-disciplinary organization of physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, collaboration and fellowship within the field of Sports Medicine. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of over 1800 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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