Sports. Athletics. Training. Competing. Staying Active. These are so much a part of living with and raising children and teens that it’s hard to imagine parenting without juggling activity schedules. All of these are also very common topics of conversation and consultation at the office. They pop up even in unrelated visits for problems ranging from constipation to acne.
One of the first organized sport medicine education programs I participated in was in 2002, and some have you have seen this education package in the clinic:
Some of you have been part of teams, athletes and events sponsored by Quinte Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, ranging from minor hockey, soccer and football, Bowl for Kids, the Belleville Bulls and high school athletics.
In 2012, we opened our Youth Sport Medicine and Healthy Living Clinic. Since then, we have cared for athletes with problems including shoulder, hip, knee, foot, abdominal and head injuries. We have completed concussion screening for players in minor, high school and varsity football leagues, and local hockey leagues. We have worked with musicians, dancers and other artists with repetitive stress injuries. We have had the privilege to work with athletes competing with Special Olympics Ontario and Special Olympics Four Corners.
One of the inspiring parts of working with these adolescents and children is their excitement and passion to play. They also share interest in learning mechanics and techniques of activity to allow them to move, train and compete with lower risk of injury in future.
To support healthy activity in our communities, a strong Sport Medicine program involves many areas of expertise, including kinesiology, physiotherapy, orthopedics, nursing and medicine. Over the past ten years, many organizations have been involved in research and developing guidelines for prevention and treatment of sport injuries, including the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Our focus in the Sport Medicine and Healthy Living Clinic is to put these guidelines and research into action. One way that kids and teens can get into the clinic is with a referral from their family doctor. While this is the ideal method, as the family physician can provide important background health history, team coaches can also send their players. If an athlete or a parent has a concern they can also get in touch with us about booking an appointment.
Let us help keep your young athlete in the game with our Youth Sport Medicine and Healthy Living Clinic!
– Dr. G Paul Dempsey