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Dear Ketan,
For my senior project research paper I am required to include an interview of an expert on my research topic. My research question is "How can injuries be prevented in contact sports for teenage athletes?" Would you please answer the following questions for me?

1. From your experience, what seems to be the most common age group for sports injuries?

2. What is the best way to prevent sports related injuries?

3. Why are sports injuries so prominent in high school sports?

4. What outside factors contribute to an athlete encountering an injury?

5. Are certain injuries more common in men or women? If so, which ones and why?

6. What injuries can be a result of over usage, and what can athletes/coaches do to prevent them?

7. In your opinion, what is the most severe injury that a teenage athlete can encounter, why?

I really appreciate your help with my paper, thank you!

-Jordan

Answer
Jordan:

This is a very complicated question as there are a lot of intricacies behind the answers but will try my best to answer.

1. my practice is mainly 10-30 year olds however i do see a fair amount of injuries in older patients as well.

2. the prevention depends on what the injury is.  for running injuries, stretching is key; for concussions, proper equiptment and use of equiptment is key.  for stuff like knee injuries and hip injuries, core strength training is key

3. injuries are prominent at all levels of sports.  i think some of hte issues at the lower levels (HS and lower) is that coaches don't always spend time on stretching and education

4. weakness, tightness, playing hurt already, technique, fields, weather, conditions

5. hard to say...if you do a search on pubmed.org you may be able to find an answer to that but i am not sure

6.  shin splints/patella femoral syndrome - proper stretching and strengthening; for pitchers rotator cuff and labral injuries which can be prevented by proper pitch counts

7. death obviously from punctured lung or a neck injury which causes paralysis...for more common stuff, concusssion because if affects the brain adn we dont know all the long term complications yet

Ketan Mody
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Westmont IL

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Sports Medicine. foot injuries, ankle injuries, knee injuries, injections, PRP (platelet rich plasma) injections, shoulder problems, back pain, neck pain, concussions, hip pain, elbow pain, hand/wrist problems. Marathoners, triathletes, football, everyday home injuries, general orthopedics, generalized pain

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I have been a Sports Medicine Physician since 2006. I did my fellowship at UConn and worked in a big ortho group for 2 years and the last 3 plus years have owned my own Sports Medicine Practice. I have trained in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Houston, Dallas, LA, Connecticut, Australia.

Organizations
AMSSM, AAFP, ACSM

Education/Credentials
Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, University of Connecticut Hartford, CT Family Practice Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA Medical Doctor, The Chicago Medical School, Finch University Health Sciences Chicago, IL Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, IL

Awards and Honors
Graduated with High Honours Resident Advisor Awards for best community program and advisor of the year Stryker Awards for Community Service Deanís List

Past/Present Clients
As a physician it is against the law to give names of patients. They run from everyday kids to competitive athletes, olympians, pro players, college players and HS.

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