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World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day

Dear Friends of the Initiative,


World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day takes place on October 19. Dedicated to issues important to children's musculoskeletal health, it takes place October 12-20 which marks Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of all musculoskeletal disorders around the world.

World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day 2013

This year's World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J)) Day theme is "Concussion" and the effects caused by traumatic injury. In a few days we will publish here stories about these effects and a Case Statement that will underline the issues.

Concussion, a form of mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), is a common consequence of trauma to the head in contact sports. As many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in the United States each year. While the majority of concussions are self-limited injuries, catastrophic results can occur and the long-term effects of multiple concussions are unknown. A history of prior concussion may increase the risk for recurrent concussions.

The effect of concussion on developing brains is of particular concern. Children with concussion, particularly multiple concussions, are at high risk for developing headaches and suffering from impaired memory, cognitive function, attention, or other behavioral changes. Concussions occur in all sports with the highest incidence in football, hockey, rugby, soccer, and basketball.

Click here to view the USBJI Pediatric Specialty Groups Case Statement on "Concussion and Musculoskeletal Health"

World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day 2012

The theme for World PB&J Day in 2012 is still relevant: "Kids and Vitamin D Deficiency" in children. Why this is important, the risks to children, what parents need to know and should do, is offered in a case study featuring two children. A Patient Information Card which can be downloaded and printed is also offered.


Click on the following links to view:


·   Illustrative Patient Cases 

·   Patient Information Card

·   Media Release



Members of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Pediatric Society of North American (POSNA), and Shriners Hospitals for Children encourage input from other groups with an interest in developing and promoting musculoskeletal health in children and adolescents.

If you or your organization/society/group would like to share in any plans, initiatives, or activities, please contact:

Case studies of children and the effects of obesity on the the musculoskeletal system have been published by the USBJI Pediatric Specialty Group during previous National Awareness Weeks.




World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day

Highlights of Previous Years National Awareness Weeks

Healthcare Professionals and NAW

Public, Patients and National Action Week

Children and the Effects of Obesity

Files & Links:

  Media Release (file)
  Illustrative Patient Cases (file)
  Pediatric Specialty Group Concussion Statement - 2013 (file)
  Patient Information Card (file)

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