A Game Changer: Hidden Dangers of Overuse Injuries in Youth Athletics

Our young athletes’ bodies often struggle adapting to the demands of sports and exercise, especially as they are growing. Pain that doesn’t go away with simple rest or activity modification can lead to a cascade of problems if not handled with the proper intervention. This interactive lecture will provide case examples on latest medical information on overuse injuries — types, diagnosis, treatments, recovery and long-term effects. The lecture goal is to inform and discuss how to keep our kids’ activities safe!

Amy Elizabeth Valasek, MD, MSc, is a physician for Nationwide Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is fellowship-trained and board-certified in sports medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Valasek attended medical school at The University of Maryland.

She completed her residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Pediatrics and sports fellowship at University of Maryland Family Medicine Department in Baltimore, MD. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Sports Medicine and American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. She is an active mother of two daughters in the community and serves as team physician at Bishop Ready High School in Columbus.