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New game plan

To keep young athletes competing, Dr. Lyle Micheli created The Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, opening in April in Waltham.

The center has been a culmination of 20 years of trying to approach sports injuries in a different way. [My colleagues at Boston Children’s Hospital and I] see 450 TO 500 KIDS A WEEK WITH SPORTS INJURIES, CONCUSSIONS, ACL TEARS, all that kind of stuff. Over the years, I’ve thought that we’ve got to be able to do something to intervene early and prevent these injuries.

I suppose it’s my own background that makes me interested in kids and sports. MY FAMILY MEMBERS WERE COAL MINERS from Illinois, and sports was an avenue. It probably kept me out of trouble growing up. I played all through high school, and SPORTS REALLY HELPED ME IN COLLEGE. Probably the only things that were familiar to me at Harvard were the sports.

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