FREEHOLD, N.J., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Big Game approaches, Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute of New Jersey hopes to raise public awareness of the orthopedic injuries and conditions commonly associated with football in an effort to promote wellness among athletes and former athletes. AOSMI representatives note that a better understanding of the risks associated with the game can help ensure injuries are diagnosed and treated sooner, and that players receive appropriate check ups down the line.
"Staying active is so critical to our health and wellbeing. Our aim is to empower people to do so safely, and with an improved ability to recognize when it's time to seek medical attention," says the President of AOSMI, Michael J. Greller, MD, FAAOS. Dr. Greller adds, "When people see or hear about football injuries in the media, often they can seem like problems faced only by elite athletes. But actually, any active person could potentially find themselves with a similar problem--and if they do, they should understand the treatment options and resources available to them, as well as the long term complications they'll need to keep an eye on."
An ACL tear is one common injury AOSMI physicians cite as a prime example of a term that's well known among fans of professional sports, but also important to understand in a more personal context. ACL tears are relatively common in impact sports. Recent research has shown that suffering this type of injury as a teen or young adult increases the risk of developing osteoarthritis sooner rather than later.
"Even if you don't currently play football, your history could make you more vulnerable to future problems. Since so many athletes are younger people, it's also important for parents and coaches to be aware of the implications of sports injuries so that they can help counsel players," says Dr. Greller.
AOSMI is also encouraging football enthusiasts to be mindful of overall lifestyle habits during game season, which can lead to extra time on the coach and poor dietary choices for viewers. Trying healthier snacking and integrating appropriate exercise into their season rituals is recommended as nutrition is important for maintaining healthier bones and recovering from injuries.
To learn more about sports injuries, visit the AOSMI patient education portal and blog at http://advancedorthosports.com/patient-education/. Additional information is available via the AOSMI subsidiary sites, listed at http://advancedorthosports.com/introducing-the-aosmi-subsidiary-mini-sites/. For more information on football or other athletic injuries or to request an appointment, call 732.720.2555.
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