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Youth Sports: Start Here

About the Authors

WSP author Julie A. Buckley

Julie A. Buckley, MD, is the author of Healing Our Autistic Children. She practices functional medicine in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where she lives with her husband and two children.

WSP author Eugene Monroe

As a senior at the University of Virginia, Eugene Monroe was a Unanimous All-ACC selection, and voted top blocker in the conference. He was drafted eighth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars where, in 2010, he helped the Jags rank third in the NFL with 149.7 rushing yards per game. In 2013, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens orchestrated a trade to acquire this star left tackle. In his time as a Raven, Eugene was consistently graded as one of the best pass blockers in the NFL. Eugene also owns 4th Down Partners, a real estate development company based in Maryland, where he lives with his wife and three children.

Youth Sports Start Here
By Julie A. Buckley, MD, and NFL Offensive Tackle Eugene Monroe

Among the estimated thirty-five million young athletes in the U.S., high school athletes account for approximately two million injuries, half a million doctor visits, and thirty thousand hospitalizations annually. And that’s just high school! Three-and-a-half million youth athletes receive medical treatment for sports injuries and 12,500 college athletes are reported injured every year.

Did you know that overuse is the cause of nearly half of those injuries?

Or that nearly a quarter of all traumatic brain injuries among U.S. children happen during participation in sports activities?

And yet, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, half of our children’s sports injuries are preventable!

Julie A. Buckley, MD, and NFL Offensive Tackle Eugene Monroe are both parents of active, sports-oriented youngsters themselves. In Youth Sports: Start Here, they combine the universal concern they share with all parents to protect their children’s health with Dr. Buckley’s twenty years as a pediatrician and functional medicine specialist and Eugene’s hands-on professional sports experience to create a comprehensive guide that empowers parents to help their children prevent injury, to recognize the sometimes-subtle signs an injury has occurred or may occur, and to heal the injuries that almost all energetic kids will, at one point or another, inevitably sustain.

Accessible science, practical advice, and fun ways to get your kids invested in their own health—Youth Sports: Start Here is a valuable guide for every parent raising his or her own, home-grown champion.

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