Prof. Dr. Mario IMSON

Implications of Youth Participation in Sports

Despite decreased physical activity among adolescents in many countries sport participation among the youth continue.  We are witnessing young athletes getting involved in organized sport activities at an early age.  Young athletes however are considered unique. Their participation in sports may have physiological, psychological and orthopaedic implications. The effects of training may likely affect their musculo-skeletal development.  Traumatic injuries on the developing structures on young can have life-long consequences if proper training techniques for young athletes are ignored.  There are unique injuries in this age group. This paper shall describe these injuries, their clinical picture, probable effects and suggested prevention to make sports participation and physical activity safer and more enjoyable.

Prof. Dr. Mario IMSON, RPT, MD


Co-Founders and Immediate Past President, Asian Council of Exercise & Sports Science (ACESS)
Orthopedic Surgery-Sports Medicine, Baguio Medical Center, Philippines




Dr. Mario Imson is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon with a sub-specialty in Sports Medicine. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines and subsequently his medical degree from the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center. He topped the licensure examination for Physical Therapist and completed his training in Orthopedic Surgery at the Philippine Orthopedic Center. Dr. Imson has served as a faculty member of the College of Human Kinetics and at the same time the sports physician of the University of the Philippines, where he established the university sports injury clinic, and the Philippine Basketball Association, the professional league of the Philippines. He was also the Dean of the College of Physical Therapy of Dominican College and the University of Baguio and a faculty member of the University of the Cordilleras. He is currently a consultant in Orthopedic Surgery and the supervising physician of the rehabilitation section of the Baguio Medical Center. As one of the four founders of Asian Council of Exercise and Sports Science (ACESS), he has chaired the organizing committee for the 2005 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games Scientific Conference. He has served as ACESS president in 2009–2011 and 2017–2019. Dr. Imson has delivered lectures in various national, regional and international conferences on sports medicine.