Although some injury rates have decreased among U.S. high school athletes, serious injuries requiring surgery and time away from sports are on the rise.
On Friday, September 8, 2023, SciLine interviewed:
Dr. Matthew Tao is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He specializes in knee preservation and athletic injuries. He discussed topics including:
When young athletes are most at risk for knee injuries, especially ACL tears;
What steps athletes, coaches, and parents can take to prevent or minimize the severity of injuries;
What treatment options are available when injuries occur;
Successful rehabilitation strategies; and
Long-term consequences of sports injuries, including the risk of arthritis following ACL injuries.
Dr. Tao currently receives research grant funding from the Arthritis Foundation, University of Nebraska system, Great Plains IDeA-CTR and Nebraska Foundation of Physical Therapy. He is on the editorial board for Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. He is a paid consultant for Vericel Corporation and Newclip Technics. He holds stock in Overture Orthopaedics.