Dr. Romeo is featured in a recent segment on KTVA Alaska. The segment discusses youth pitching injuries and how Dr. Romeo is using the new mobility lab to help treat and prevent them.
Ivanhoe.com’s Medical Breakthrough’s web site has posted an in-depth interview with Dr. Romeo. The interview is on the subject of athlete injuries, treatment and prevention.
When asked what Dr. Romeo’s biggest fear as a surgeon was, he replied, “My biggest fear with regards to the pitching problem is that we are having too many of these young kids having this surgery. What that tells me is that they are being pushed either by themselves, by their parents unfortunately at times or their coaches and that this is causing more and more of these problems. We really have to pay attention to the kids and if theyâ€™re having pain in their elbow or discomfort in their elbow weâ€™ve got to back down. We also have to work very hard to teach them how to throw correctly and better mechanics will help minimize this problem. Then if it does become a problem, they really need to get the proper management without surgery and then subsequently with surgery as needed to get the very best result. The thing that really bothers me the most is when I see a young person who has this injury and basically gives up on sports because they think that thereâ€™s nothing that can be done or theyâ€™ve had a surgery and theyâ€™ve had a complication related to that surgery. These are the frustrating things that weâ€™re going to try very hard to minimize when we care for our youth athletes.”
Dr. Romeo has been consulted on Justin Verlander since mid-April. He has worked with the Tigers’ medical and training staff to develop the best treatment plan for Verlander’s return to the mound. Verlander has recently been cleared to resume a throwing progression. The decision to progress back to competition has followed his continued improvement on examination and the results of his most recent MRI in Chicago.
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Dr. Romeo was recently interviewed by ESPN Radio’s Sports Medicine Weekly show regarding the mobility lab he has been using to measure the precise movements of a baseball playerâ€™s throw. The data collected from the mobility lab is used to help prevent injuries and also establish national guidelines for pitchers.
Dr. Romeo’s interview will air on AM 1000 here in Chicago this Saturday at 8:30 am. You can listen online at http://espn.go.com/espnradio/chicago/play.
Update (05/11/15): Click here to listen to the archived version of the interview.
Rockingham, NC’s YourDailyJournal.com recently posted an article on about shoulder overuse and the “Shoulders For Life” program Dr. Romeo launched with other doctors from Midwest Orthopedics at Rush and the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association.
Dr. Romeo is quoted saying, “As recently as five years ago, I was treating athletes with debilitating shoulder and elbow overuse injuries at age 20 or 25. Today, Iâ€™m seeing athletes with the same conditions but at a much younger age â€” sometimes as young as 15.”
Dr. Romeo will be on the Sports Medicine Weekly show on ESPN Chicago Radio 1000 on Saturday, May 2 at 8:30 am. He will be on the show to discuss the Shoulders For Life injury prevention program.
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is using exciting new technology to diagnose and treat shoulder and elbow injury. Overuse injuries are a rising epidemic in young athletes, especially in overhead sports such as baseball, softball, swimming, tennis, gymnastics and volleyball. Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and the Illinois Athletic Trainerâ€™s association have teamed up to launch an important new campaign to prevent overuse injury and protect young athletes called â€śShoulders for Life.â€ť
Major League Baseball and USA Baseball have announced the development of a Pitch Smart compliance program, designed to assist the public in identifying the organizations that have adopted Pitch Smart guidelines and principles. The compliance classifications are two-tiered, with organizations being identified as in “full compliance” or “select compliance.”
Pitch Smart Educational Supporters agree with the philosophies of the Pitch Smart program, promote Pitch Smart awareness through web, social media and on-site awareness, and work towards “Select” and “Full” program compliance in the future.
Dr. Romeo is a developer and physician consultant of the Pitch Smart program.
Dr. Romeo is a senior writer in a study recently released at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicineâ€™s (AOSSM) Specialty Day. The study highlights shoulder and elbow injury possibilities in youth players.
The study evaluated 420 youth and adolescent pitchers in pre-season training using two-camera, high-definition, high-speed video analysis. The playersâ€™ pitching and injury history were also collected. Thirty-one percent had a history of a previous injury and 30% had current pitching-related pain. Shoulder and elbow pain and injury are common in youth baseball players and significant research has been done to evaluate causes.
Dr. Romeo will be hosting the Orthopedics Today Hawaii annual meeting from January 18-22. The meeting is held at the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, Hawaii. The event features excellent faculty, a great learning environment and a fantastic location on the island of Kauai.
The event web site states, “With an expanded 5 day format featuring exciting new sessions and networking opportunities, the 2014 meeting was the most successful and highly attended in Orthopedics Today Hawaii history. In 2015, we plan to build on that momentum to create our best educational experience yet, offering a renowned faculty to provide attendees with perspective on the clinical, surgical and subspecialty advances you care about most.”
With more than 550 surgeons already registered, the event is sure to be a great educational event for all attending.
Learn more and register for the Orthopedics Today Hawaii annual meeting at www.healio.com/meeting/othawaii/home.