• Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries And How To Prevent Them, For Athletes, Parents, And Coaches — Based On My Life In Sports Medicine

    Posted by on January 13th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Anyone who has followed sports with serious attention has probably heard of Dr. James Andrews by now. But, for those who don’t know him, Dr. Andrews is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and a pioneer in arthroscopic surgery. He is also the team doctor for Auburn University, the University of Alabama, the Washington Redskins, and the Tampa Bay Rays. Sports Illustrated recently named him as one of the top forty most influential people in the NFL.

    And, he’s recently written a book entitled: Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches — Based on My Life in Sports Medicine.

    Here’s what Kirkus said about the book:

    A fully functional sports manual focused on the awareness and prevention of common athletic injuries.

    Andrews, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon in his fifth decade of practicing sports medicine, is uniquely qualified to pen this type of medical sourcebook. He firmly believes many organized-sports ailments are preventable, and he aggressively advocates for grass-roots educational programs and prevention campaigns as effective frontline measures aimed at tempering the “crisis point” injury level he feels has been reached for youth-sports injuries. In the opening chapters, the author offers a condensed history of sports medicine, pertinent statistics and a snapshot profile of his life. Andrews then highlights three trauma priorities as assigned by the top sports-injury authorities: knee ACL damage, concussions (football) and overuse injuries (juvenile baseball pitchers). He states that while the “invincibility” felt by youth enables athletic injuries, increased parental involvement in children’s sporting lives should stem this pattern. After citing baseball as the source of the highest number of acute injuries, Andrews calls attention to accident-prone, less-obvious activities like cheerleading, golf and water polo. Medically speaking, he forewarns parents not to consider an MRI test for their ailing child as the exclusive method of diagnostic conclusiveness and offers a fascinating chapter dispelling popular sports-injury myths. The bulk of the guidebook briskly examines a wide swath of popular youth sports and counters their associated maladies with safety tips and injury-prevention measures.

    A gold mine of contemporary cautionary information for the sports-minded.

    Per the book, every year, more than three and a half million children under the age of 14 require medical treatment for injuries incurred while participating in team or individual sports. And, almost one-half of all sports injuries in adolescents stem from overuse as part of athletic training or conditioning. However, studies show that at least 60% of overuse injuries can be prevented by a safety precautions.

    Oh, and, by the way, per the book, in 2007, there were 920,000 football players under the age of 18 treated in emergency rooms for injuries. Think about that when your kid says he wants to play football.

    With his new book, Andrews covers every sport you can think of, the risk of injuries therein, and how to possibly prevent them.

    And, that’s why “Any Given Monday” is a must-own reference manual for coaches, trainers, sports-administrators, parents, grand-parents and young athletes themselves.

    I’m glad that I now have a copy of this book. And, if you’re involved in sports, especially at the youth level, you’ll want to get a copy of “Any Given Monday” as well.

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