The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has just received the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation Prevention of Youth Sports Injuries Grant to pursue research on shoulder rehabilitation for young athletes. The $138,500 grant will fund a study on how rehabilitation treatment can prevent shoulder injuries in juvenile baseball pitchers. HSS’s latest study is also funded in part by members of the hospital’s pediatric and research council, which includes Alex Crisses, Sara Weiner, Daniel Benton, and Florence Davis.
Dr. Stephen Fealy, who will lead the research, notes that more investigation is needed on how rehabilitation affects the motions pitchers make and what the risk of re-injury looks like.
“Our goal is to collect data to help inform sports medicine physicians about the effectiveness of rehabilitation in young athletes who haven’t undergone surgery in order to help decrease the risk of re-injury,” Dr. Fealey stated.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), children ranging from the ages of 11-15 constitute the largest percentage of baseball and softball players in the U.S. The NCBI also reports that shoulder pain related to torn or strained rotator cuffs is among the most common injuries experienced by 13-16 year-old throwing athletes.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons warns that, “Left untreated, throwing injuries in the shoulder can become complicated conditions.” Fortunately, there are nonsurgical treatment options, which include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and activity modifications. HSS is hoping that their latest research grant will unveil new treatment options.
Established in 1863, HSS is America’s oldest orthopedic infirmary. In early August 2016, U.S. News and World Report ranked HSS No. 1 in orthopedics for the seventh year in a row. U.S. News and World Report also ranked HSS as No. 2 in rheumatology for 2016, making the hospital one of the top-ranked healthcare institutions in the country.
HSS doctors and therapists treat professional and college-level athletes including members from the New York Giants, the New York Mets, the New York Knicks, and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni.