“Sports injuries” are injuries that happen when playing sports or exercising. The severity of these injuries can range from minor to very serious, with some injuries requiring surgery to fully heal. There are many reasons for these injuries, such as poor training practices, improper equipment, or may just be an accident. Injuries can also occur when a person is not in proper condition to play the sport. Youth athletes often begin their competitive sports careers as early as age seven, if not sooner. With so many youth programs in the United States, the opportunity for injury in children and adolescents is enormous. Sports injuries are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits for children and adolescents.
The authors of these sections have done an excellent job of including types of sports injuries that they see in their patients, and treat. In lieu of an Adult Reconstruction Section, we are including a Special Section, The Future of Arthroplasty, that we feel is relative to this issue and very informative. All of these articles are written by experienced surgeons in orthopedics, and we thank them for providing their wisdom.
Articles in The Future of Arthroplasty Section will focus on the following: Healthcare Reform: Impact on Total Joint Replacement, Reducing Length of Stay in Total Joint Arthroplasty Care, Approach to Decrease Infection Following Total Joint Arthroplasty, Reducing 30-day Readmission After Joint Replacement, Planning, Building, and Maintaining a Successful Musculoskeletal Service Line, High Reliability of Care in Orthopedic Surgery—Are We There Yet?, Patient Centeredness in Total Joint Replacement – Beyond the Slogan, Affordable Care Organizations and Bundled Pricing: A New Philosophy of Care, Big Data, Big Research: Implementing Population Health-based Research Models and Integrating Care to Reduce Cost and Improve Outcomes, and Big Data, Big Problems: Incorporating Mission, Values, and Culture in Provider Affiliations.
Articles in the Trauma Section will focus on the following: Tibial Stress Fractures in Athletes.
Articles in the Pediatric Section will focus on the following: Pediatric Elbow and Wrist Pathology Related to Sports Participation, Shoulder Injuries in Pediatric Athletes, Pediatric Knee Osteochondritis Dissecans Lesions, and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Children and Adolescents.
Articles in the Upper Extremity Section will focus on the following: Ulnar-Sided Wrist Pain in the Athlete and Thumb Ligament Injuries in the Athlete.
Articles in the Foot and Ankle Section will focus on the following: Foot and Ankle Stress Fractures in Athletes.
I hope that our readers will be engaged in this exciting issue and find the material useful.