Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Orthopedic Surgeons in Denver Protect Young Athletes in the Long Term

A recent article that appeared in the AMA Journal of Ethics offers a commentary on how doctors should advise patients recovering from a sports injury, most especially those who have their whole career ahead of them. They explain their rationale behind prioritizing the long-term health of the athlete. When college admissions and scholarships are at stake, the recommendation of a sports medicine specialist or orthopedic surgeon for an injury affects more than their patient’s physical health. Although an expedited return to play may help an athlete reap the benefits of a collegiate scholarship and possibly playing in the major leagues, it could also place him at risk of adverse health consequences if he returns to play while his injury hasn’t yet fully healed.


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