LIVING FEATURE A giant billboard of a young, injured baseball player tells the story of youth sports in America today. “Sometimes,” the sign reads from above New York City’s Times Square, “the game they love doesn’t love them back.”
That message is the handiwork of the national STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) campaign, an unprecedented alliance of orthopedic surgeons, pediatric specialists, sports medicine experts, physical therapists, trainers and professional athletes. They’re issuing a wake-up call to America’s parents, coaches and medical professionals. Sports injuries, STOP says, are an epidemic — a national crisis.