• The focus on proper training of the athlete has become increasingly important in recent years as the rapid growth of participatory sports has placed increasing demands on the mature and immature skeleton.
• The continued growth of organized sports is now clearly evident throughout the world. Given this growth, the future promises to see the majority of athletes in developed countries spending their physical activity and exercise time involved in organized sports.
• As the numbers of adult and pediatric athletes continue to rise, the patterns of their participation have changed as well. The concept of "free play" and the notion of participating in a variety of sporting activities have been replaced with "sports-pecificity" and concentration on excellence in a single sport. Compounding the problem is the development of summer sports camps, "showcase games," and "traveling All Star teams."
• The media-generated concept of the "elite athlete" encourages many to strive toward unrealistic goals. The intensity of competition and the pressure to perform seem to only increase with age and ability.
• With widespread interest and focus on excellence in sports, it becomes increasingly important that parents, coaches, trainers, and health professionals look to accept responsibility for the health and well-being of young athletes as they continue to physically and mentally mature.
• The following chapter outlines the musculoskeletal characteristics of overuse shoulder injuries in the athlete and provides a brief description of common injuries and disorders seen in this population. In addition, the general physical characteristics and therapeutic options are provided to promote the early identification and prompt institution of therapy necessary to return the injured athlete back to sport.
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