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Health Professionals Gather at UVA Sports Medicine Conference

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It seems more and more people are going through the pains of sports injuries. At the University of Virginia, students and doctors are coming together to discuss the best ways to prevent and treat injuries like muscle tears.  

Dozens of health care professionals met this week at UVA's annual Art & Science of Sports Medicine Conference.

Over the past few decades, researchers have noticed more and more female athletes and adolescents dealing with knee injuries. This year, experts focused on how to help them cope.

From ACL tears to concussions, many athletes have to fight through the pain. 

"How can we do a better procedure, so that we don't see some of the long-term effects?" said Aaron Schreiner, an athletic trainer at Liberty University.

Even though this conference is geared toward treating younger athletes, the college-level trainer says he's still going to pay attention.

"I'm gonna pay attention to that even though I'm in college because I'm gonna start seeing the kid that had an ACL reconstruction when he was 12. How does that affect maybe some of the pre-participation issues?" said Schreiner.

Health professionals gathered to talk about the most up-to-date information on surgery techniques, research and rehabilitation methods.

"We really try to focus on not only injuries that are common in young individuals playing sports and being active, but also in the treatment and rehabilitation of those young people who want to return to the sports they love to play," said Joe Hart, kinesiology instructor at UVA.

While sports medicine evolves, experts are working to identify why these injuries happen.

"Why is that happening? Is it because kids are more selective in their sport? They're not running around and finishing up baseball season and then going to play soccer," said Schreiner.

And when it comes to preventing these injuries, these experts say building muscle strength, learning the best way to land safely and developing flexibility can help.

"These are all things that can be trained and that young sports participants can not only be made aware of these things, but they can be evaluated. And be given feedback for what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong," said Schreiner.

Thursday concluded the 41st year of the conference.

Reported by Alana Austin

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