SPRINGFIELD, Mo — For over 25 years, participation in high school sports have increased here in the United States. Every year, millions of student athletes lace up and represent their teams in competition, but those numbers aren’t the only thing on an upward trend.
Injuries have permeated every level of competition, and athletes have found themselves sidelined.
“I knew the pitch,” said Nick Petree. “I didn’t know what was wrong with it at the time, but I knew there was something wrong with it.”
“Training related injuries are almost all preventable,” said Neeru Jayanthi.
“They’re too focused on the pitch, instead of just the throw. Just take some time playing catch with your dad,” said Jason Martinez
“With these kids being so good at a young age, they’re pitched and sometimes overpitched and the ligament fails,” said Dr Chris Miller.
“It felt like a part of me was gone,” said Emily Myers.
“There has to be some sort of responsibility as well that we are taking care of them more than just winning games,” said Dr Marc Norcross.
“Any time something is outside of you and you put on a parent hat, you’re always trying to protect your kids from everything,” said Kurt Warner.
“I would love to see an athletic trainer in every building, I don’t even know if there would be enough bodies licensed in the state of Missouri,” said Harvey Richards.
“To show up to practice with a bag on your shoulder just in case something happens is not sports medicine,” said Jim Raynor.
“I feel sympathy for coaches that have to focus on a game, and also be a medical personnel. Its a tough situation,” said Dr. Shannon Woods.
“Whether its in the classroom or on the athletic field, student safety is always the number 1 priority,” said Tyler Overstreet.
“It’s scary, especially at a young age because you don’t hear about injuries like those until you get up to those levels where guys are trying to take your head off,” said Dorial Green-Beckham.
“Most of these kids are only going to play 4 years of football, and you don’t want to cost a kid weeks of the season to a kid that wont get them back,” said Bill Voorhis.
“I have seen players get hurt and miss half a year, and I hate to see their season get taken away when injuries happen,” said Richard Rehagen.
“This is not a United States issue. This is not a football issue. This is an athletics issue,” said Jim Raynor.