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Prevention, Treatment Of Injuries In School Sports


Dr. Paul Stricker, sports medicine pediatrician, Scripps Clinic

Beth Mallon, co-founder Advocates for Injured Athletes


Summer break is over for many areas students and that means back-to-school and back into playing school sports. But some may be sidelined this year by a sports injury.

As your student heads back out on the field, court, track, pool or weight room, we have some tips for both parents and students to help you enjoy the sport but avoid the injury.

Dr. Paul Stricker, sports medicine pediatrician at Scripps Clinic says they see an increase in sports injuries at the start of the school year. He tells KPBS after being off school all summer and on vacation, many jump right into their sport full-force causing overuse injuries.

The “Play Smart. Play Hard.” program at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas educates parents, teachers, coaches and students about in youth sports. Designed for high schools and athletic clubs, the free program offers comprehensive interactive presentations based on Centers for Disease Control guidelines.

Beth Mallon knows first-hand how a sports injury can be devastating.

Her son Tom was seriously injured while playing lacrosse in 2009. He might have been paralyzed if it wasn't for the quick thinking of someone on the sideline who kept teammates from moving him until paramedics arrived.

Beth and her son started Advocates for Injured Athletes, a nonprofit that promotes safety and support, education and resources to keep them safe.

One of its programs Athletes Saving Athletes is a peer-to-peer education program designed to empower student athletes with knowledge to help them recognize signs and symptoms of life-threatening injuries and conditions.

Tommy's Story

Tommy Mallon who was seriously injured while playing lacrosse.

You Can Be The Difference

Athletes Saving Athletes program

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