Introduction
Welcome to the workbook component of Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office. It is our hope
that this workbook and video will allow you to take better care of the many hundreds of athletic
children and teens who come into your office every year.
The field of pediatric sports medicine has evolved greatly over the past 20 years, and is growing
quickly, along with the increasing number of children and teens who are involved in recreational
and competitive sports in the United States and around the world.
For pediatricians, the demands of taking care of athletic patients have changed considerably. The
“stay off it until it gets better” approach used to be the accepted formula for taking care of athletic
children. Patients would come in with an injury and, often, the advice was, “Just stay off it until it
gets better.” As children and teens have become more active, the role of the pediatrician in the lives
of athletic patients has changed, and that approach is no longer accepted by patients and families
who are eager for safe return to competition. Increasingly, patients and their families are looking
for ways to reduce injury time, return to competition, and prevent problems in the future.
So, let’s talk about this workbook. This is not the “end all and be all” of sports medicine guides.
Each of the topics addressed here is suitable for an entire book (and many such books already
exist). The workbook and video provide a multimedia approach to basic sports medicine for the
pediatric health professional, resident, or medical student. The workbook is designed to be used
interactively with the video, meaning that the intent is for you to view the video clips as you read
through the corresponding text sections within the book (look for the special “Video Clip” icons
throughout the text). By having both written and video material, you will be able to see and
practice specific examination techniques, to see certain preventive strengthening exercises, and,
ultimately, to take better care of athletic patients. There also are patient information handouts
in Appendix B to provide your practice with helpful materials to give to your patients and
their families.
Please view Video Clip #1—Welcome (1:20).
The objectives of this book are

Improved ability to care for athletic patients

Greater feeling of comfort in dealing with sports medicine issues

Better ability to serve as a resource for athletic children and teens, and the sports
community
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