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A gift from the foundation of former Buffalo Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson is helping move a Rochester youth sports facility forward.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, continues to award grants to area youth sports organizations and activities years after his passing, and one of the latest projects involves a youth training facility adjacent to the soccer stadium on Oak Street in Rochester.

Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck announced his retirement over the weekend. ESPN staff writer Bill Barnwell called the 29 year old’s decision “the most shocking retirement American pro sports has seen since Michael Jordan left the NBA in 1993.” Luck chose to leave the NFL in the prime of his career due to a number of injuries. While fans booed Luck as he left the field, he has received support from a number of NFL greats, including Troy Aikman, Bo Jackson, and Aaron Rodgers.

Luck’s retirement raises questions about the future of the sport: will this be a spark for change? Will more pro players retire early? Will more kids decide not to pursue football at all? The Rensselaer City School District had to cancel its varsity football program for the 2019 season because it didn’t have enough players.

Our panel discusses the implications of Luck’s retirement. Our guests:

  • Mike Catalana, sports director for 13WHAM News
  • Daniel Kelley, former college football player
  • Dr. Mike Maloney, professor of orthopaedics, chief of the Sports Medicine Division, and director of the Center for Human Athleticism and Musculoskeletal Performance and Prevention at UR Medicine

It's Buffalo Bills mania in Western New York. The Bills are back in the NFL playoffs for the first time in 17 years. But as fans celebrate, something ominous is happening for the league. Ratings are down. More parents are refusing to allow their kids to play football.

We have some fun toasting the Bills, but we ask some serious questions, starting with this: if you won't allow your children to get on the field, should you be supporting the NFL at all? And what is causing the ratings decline? Our guests:

An estimated 35 million kids between the ages of five and 18 play an organized sport each year in the U.S. While millions of them are treated for injuries, many are also treated for sports-related stress. Students athletes are feeling pressure to perform: to win games, be awarded scholarships, and meet the expectations of their parents and coaches. 

UR Medicine is hosting a sport summit next month, with the goal of helping students, parents, and coaches learn how to achieve greater balance in the lives of young athletes. We preview the summit with a discussion about the value of nutrition, mindfulness, sleep, and more. In studio:

  • Dr. Michael Maloney, M.D., director of University Sports Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Jane Andrews, nutrition and labeling manager for Wegmans Food Markets
  • Erica Denman, owner and founder of Balance Fitness and Yoga in Webster, and instruction specialist with the Webster Central School District
  • Kayla Purcell, student athlete at Webster Schroder High School
  • Lindsay Stone, college-bound swimmer

New rules for youth sports were recently introduced with the goal of mandating rest and reducing injuries.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has approved rules that limit pitch counts for modified, freshman, junior varsity, and varsity athletes. U.S.A. Football, the national governing body for amateur football, created a new format called "modified tackle" that reduces tackling and pileups. This comes after declining participation among young athletes, whose parents think the game is not safe for children.

Are the new rules realistic? Do they go far enough? We discuss these questions with student athletes and members of the medical community. Our guests:

  • Dr. Michael Maloney, M.D., chief of sports medicine and professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UR Medicine
  • Dr. Gregg Nicandri, M.D., sports medicine physician and associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at UR Medicine
  • Caleb Punter, member of the Webster Schrader baseball team
  • Ashton Fantigrassi, member of the Webster Thomas football team

A generation ago, April would mark the start of schools’ baseball and softball season – but for many young athletes today, the season lasts all year long as they compete for positions on their school teams, club teams, and shoot for the slim chance at a collegiate scholarship. Parents feel the strain, too: running kids to multiple games on the same weekend day, and feeling the pressure to keep kids in one sport all year round.

Middle school and high school athletes whose bones and muscles have not fully formed yet run the risk of doing serious damage to their bodies. Some are requiring surgery at a young age. So what should the limits be? Our guests:

  • Dr. Michael Maloney, professor in the department of orthopedics, UR Medicine
  • Dr. Katie Rizzone, assistant professor in the departments of orthopedics, and rehabilitation and pediatrics, UR Medicine
  • Hayleigh Palotti, sophomore at Livonia High School and a cross country runner
  • Charlie Siragusa, student at McQuaid Jesuit High School and a volleyball player
  • Jessica Siragusa, sophomore at Mercy High School, and volleyball player and track athlete
  • Lisa Siragusa, Charlie and Jessica's mom