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World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day – October 19

There are two themes in 2019, Children Get Arthritis Too! and Youth Sports Specialization Can Be Detrimental To Future Success.

Children Get Arthritis Too!

Arthritis affects children as well as adults, in fact about 1 in 1000 children have arthritis, more than 2 million worldwide. It is treatable, but too many children are not diagnosed in a timely manner, which means they unnecessarily live with pain. And, lack of treatment can lead to joints becoming more damaged than they need to be. So on World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day do something to raise awareness about this issue, among your circle of friends and acquaintances, write to your congressional representatives and let them know you care. If you know of a child in pain, and thus possibly arthritis, urge their parents to seek medical help. Learn more …

Youth Sports Specialization Can Be Detrimental To Future Success

Youth sports are an important part of a child’s physical and emotional development. Participation in youth sports has many positive benefits to a child’s growth. It encourages physical exertion, which in turn decreases the risk for obesity and can have a positive effect on a child’s emotional well-being. It helps develop social dexterity and promotes leadership skills. Most importantly, sports are FUN! However, there has been an increasing focus on early sports specialization. And this is not good for child development. Children need to practice a variety of sports. Learn more... 

Download and share this infographic on Fact and Fiction about Youth Sports Specialization!

Great resources for more Pediatric health tips:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Academy of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital & Medical Center Omaha
Nationwide Children's
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
Scoliosis Research Society
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Washington University School of Medicine

Themes and resources from previous annual World PB&J Days
2018 theme - Clubfoot Can be Corrected Non-Surgically
2017 theme - Kids, Bones, Joints & Obesity - Tips for Parents and Patients, and Primary Care Providers
2015 theme - Childhood and Adolescent ACL Injuries - High number of Knee injuries in girls on the rise with prevention key 
2014 theme - The Adolescent Female Athlete Triad - The Female Athlete Triad: Health Pitfalls for Adolescents
2012 theme - Kids and Vitamin D DeficiencyKids and Vitamin D Deficiency, Vitamin D Handout
2011 theme - Kids and the Effects of Obesity on the Musculoskeletal System - The Growth Plate, and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
2010 theme - Obesity - Kids and the Effects of Obesity on the Musculoskeletal System