CHOC Experts Discuss Sports Injury Prevention

Early specialization and lack of diversity are more common in young athletes today and can increase the chances of injury, two CHOC Children’s experts tell “American Health Journal.”

A lack of rest and chronic repetitive stress can lead to overuse and injuries, say Dr. John Schlechter, a CHOC orthopedic surgeon, and Mollee Smith, a physical therapist at CHOC. Following an injury, CHOC clinicians work with both the child and the family to ensure proper healing and future injury prevention.

Learn more about sports injury prevention in “American Health Journal,” a television program that airs on PBS and other national network affiliates that reach more than 40 million households.

Each 30-minute episode features six segments with a diverse range of medical specialists discussing a full spectrum of health topics. For more information, visit

John Schlechter, D.O., attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He completed a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis fellowship at Children’s Hospital San Diego as well as a post-fellowship preceptorship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, Calif.

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