The Problem in Youth Sports: Columbia Experts Speak Out

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Injuries in youth sports have become all too common. And the injuries aren't minor. Torn ACLs and concussions make regular appearances on high school fields and courts. So, what exactly is the problem that we’re facing? And when did it become apparent to coaches that there was this huge problem with sports injury on a youth level in this country? An expert panel offers answers.

Panelists include: Dr. Christopher S. Ahmad '90SEAS (Head Team Physician for the New York Yankees), Diana Caskey (Head Women's Swimming and Diving Coach at Columbia University), Jim Gossett (Associate Athletics Director for Sports Medicine and Head Athletics Trainer for the Columbia Lions), Glenn Meyers '84CC, '85SEAS, '01SEAS (Former Columbia Baseball Team Captain, former Professional Baseball Player for the California Angels and Minnesota Twins), Dr. Beth Shubin Stein '91CC, '96PS (Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College), Dr. Brent Walker (Associate Athletics Director of Championship Performance at Columbia University).

Juliet Macur '92BC, '97JRNThe New York Times' Sports of the Times columnist and former Columbia rower, was the panel moderator.

This panel discussion was sponsored by Columbia College Women, The Women's Leadership Council of Columbia Athletics and the Columbia University Club of New York.

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