TCH Doctors Contribute to a state-of-the-art book on Adolescent Medicine

- Rajalaxmi Natarajan, Ph.D.

American Academy of Pediatrics, the largest professional body of primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical and surgical sub-specialists, invited Dr. Albert Hergenroeder, the Chief of Adolescent Medicine service at Texas Children’s Hospital, to be the editor of the April 2015 issue of “AM:STARs Sports Medicine and Sport Injuries: Adolescent Medicine State of the Art Reviews” book. Also, other physicians of the TCH Sports Medicine team, Drs. Roberta Anding, Joseph Chorley, Jorge Gomez, Elisabeth Hastings, have authored various chapters to this book.

For 25 years, these reviews have been considered a highly reputable resource for high-quality, evidence-based information needed for day-to-day clinical care of children and teenagers.

The landscape of youth sports in America is changing. These days youth athletes often embark upon their competitive sports careers as early as age seven, with most of them participating in some sort of community-organized sports activities as early as age four, if not sooner. 

With >30 million US children and teenagers participating in both recreational and competitive team sports, sports injuries are one of the most common cause of emergency room visits among otherwise healthy children and adolescents.

Adolescent physicians are increasingly faced with many questions and concerns regarding prevention, diagnosis, treatment of sports injuries from pediatricians, parents, private team and school sports coaches. This issue of AM: STARs addresses many of those concerns.

This book covers a wide variety of topics in sports medicine including the duties and responsibilities of a team doctor, participation in extreme sports and overtraining among, common medical concerns among adolescent dancers, use of performance-enhancing supplements and many others.

This well-written book lucidly explains complicated medical concepts and terminology and makes them accessible for everyone. It is peppered with many case studies that make it easy to understand complex clinical situations. The authors have seamlessly weaved in latest academic knowledge with practical advice that will prove to be equally useful for medical professionals as well as parents, sports coaches or anyone else dealing with adolescent athletes.