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Saturday, July 01, 2017

The epidemic that’s ruining youth sports

During a soccer game early last year, Tiffany Lin began experiencing a sharp pain in her right knee.

Then a freshman at Manhattan’s Beacon School, Lin tried to play through the pain but sought out a doctor when it wouldn’t subside.

The diagnosis? She had Osgood-Schlatter disease, which is the inflammation of the area just below the knee. It mostly occurs during growth spurts and is exacerbated by continuous pounding of the knees that happens during sports such as soccer and running.

It wasn’t difficult to figure out the culprit. Lin, a fullback, played on three soccer teams: her varsity high school squad, club ball in lower Manhattan and a recreation team. At times, she was playing the sport seven days a week.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's called over training parents these days have their kids playing multiple sports all year round which never gives the kids a break to recoup properly.

Anonymous said...

epidemic? hardly.

Anonymous said...

thus far there have been no reported cases for those girls taking home economics