Common Youth Sports Injuries [Video]

Ask the Expert: Sports Medicine Video Series

Listen to Summit Orthopedics’ sports and active medicine experts share the insights on common injuries they’ve gained in their years caring for athletes and people with active lifestyles. Featuring sports medicine specialists Peter Daly, MD and Jack Skendzel, MD.

Peter Daly:  Regarding the commonality of sports injuries for kids, it really kind of depends a little bit on the sport itself. When we’re talking about contact type sports, most of those are fractures or even avulsions, or pulling away of a ligament attachment around the joints. Bone avulsions or pulling off of a fragment of a bone is a very common condition with kids around the pelvis, in the knee, sometimes around the elbow and shoulder but less frequently.

Jack Skendzel: Something that I deal with very commonly is ACL injuries. ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. You hear about a lot of athletes that have the ACL tears. It’s a very common injury in people from their teenage years, all the way up until to their 60s. Usually a tear of the ACL means that the patient is going to need surgery. ACL is very important in terms of controlling the twisting and turning of the knee. We think that by fixing it and letting it heal, we’re helping to sustain their knee in the long run, and to provide them with a healthy, well-functioning joint for all their future endeavors.

Meet Peter Daly, M.D.

Dr. Daly’s approach:“I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport. And I work in combination with our therapists to get them fully active.”

Dr. Daly’s education: Dr. Daly received his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana and continued to Mayo Medical School in Rochester, MN for his medical degree. Following his residency at the Orthopedic Surgery Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, he received advanced specialization training in the Rowe Shoulder Fellowship at Harvard University, Boston, MA.

Meet Jack Skendzel, M.D.

Dr. Skendzel’s approach: “An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”

Dr. Skendzel’s education: Dr. Skendzel attended the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana for his undergraduate degree, and he went on to complete medical school at Georgetown University. His residency took place at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and he later completed advanced fellowship training at The Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.

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  • Peter Daly, M.D.

    “I understand the concern of athletes to get back to their sport. And I work in combination with our therapists
    to get them fully active.”

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  • Jack Skendzel, M.D.

    “An active lifestyle requires superior physical function, and I understand that my patients have exceptionally high standards for their performance and joint health. My goal is to return patients to optimal function so that they can continue to perform and master their personal athletic goals.”

    More about this expert

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