Dr.Sutton began her academic career at Duke University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, graduating with distinction. She earned her medical degree at the University of Maryland. She completed her Orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine followed by fellowships in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine and pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine.
Dr. Sutton is an elected member of the American Orthopedic Association, acknowledging scholarship in Orthopaedic surgery. She serves on multiple committees with the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. She is an editor of leading Orthopaedic journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. She has made substantial contributions to research, publishing over 30 publications and giving over 70 presentations on topics from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to treating the female athlete to shoulder issues in breast cancer.
Dr.Karen M. Sutton is currently an associate attending physician at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medicine. Based on her accomplishments as an Orthopaedic surgeon and competitive athlete Dr. Sutton is a leader in the fields of sports medicine and fitness. She is also a mother of four beautiful children and gives advice on managing a successful professional career while being a nurturing, energetic and loving mother through various endeavors such as public speaking and online editorials.
Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity.
Asa nationally renowned physician in sports medicine with surgical expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and hip, Dr. Sutton is a Board Certified Associate Attending in Orthopaedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery and Weill Cornell Medicine. As the Head Team Physician with the United States Women’s Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for the National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of U.S Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She also served as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus..
As the Head Team Physician with the United States Women’s Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for the National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of U.S Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She also served as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus College and the professional Women’s Tennis Association. During her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine, she assisted in the Orthopaedic care of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution. Dr. Sutton’s passion for sports medicine stems from her years playing lacrosse at Duke University where she was Team Captain for 3 years, Regional All-American, Academic All-American, and led her team to the Final Four. She is dedicated to caring for athletes and is actively involved in continuing education and treatment advances in sports performance.
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Dr.Sutton is a national authority on sports injuries, fitness and managing work-life balance. She has worked with NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio, WTNH, WYBC and New 12 Connecticut. She is a dynamic speaker who can motivate athletes, advise sports enthusiasts, and bring real-world experiences to media interviews, consulting and keynote addresses. She incorporates social media to keep her audience up-to-date on sports medicine, work-life balance, fitness, and injury prevention. She is available for media appearances, lectures, keynote addresses, consulting and content editing and creation.
Asa wife and active mother of four, Dr. Sutton understands first hand the struggles that face today's competitive athletes. Dr. Sutton is a national authority on sports injuries, fitness and managing work-life balance. She has worked with NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio, WTNH, WYBC and New 12 Connecticut. She is a highly sought-after dynamic public speaker who can motivate athletes, advise sports enthusiasts, and bring real-world experiences to media interviews, consulting and keynote addresses. She incorporates social media to keep her audience up-to-date on sports medicine, work-life balance, fitness, and injury prevention. Dr. Sutton is available for media appearances, lectures, keynote addresses, consulting and content editing and creation.
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Yale School of Medicine: Caring for the Female Athlete Dr. Karen Sutton discusses the specific issues surrounding medical care for female athletes.
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Even the best young athletes should take the time to read.
I know that as parents, we are only in so much control over who our children eventually become. We would like to think we have complete control, but the truth is that no matter what you do, your child’s inherent personality and traits will eventually come out, and eclipse whatever ‘perfect child’ version of them you have tried to create.
It has always been my philosophy to let my kids be who they are individually, but to find ways to support them as they are, catering their interests into wider, more well-rounded hobbies. For instance, I am a huge proponent of child athletes, since I believe that playing sports teaches you a myriad of important life lessons. That being said, a career in professional sports just isn’t likely or possible for every child athlete, especially since one injury can mean the end of a career. A professional sports career should not be the main goal of enrolling your child in sports. Giving your child an outlet to expend energy, a great hobby, some important life lessons, and the tools they need for proper socialization are much healthier goals. That being said, it is also important for all kids to read.
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So, my sneaky mom trick is to find books for each of my children that cater to their own specific interests. Admittedly, this is the hardest to do with young athletes, since sports are a very active hobby, but with a little research you can find books that work for almost every child, no matter how non-traditional their hobbies may be. These five books, available at Barnes and Noble are great suggestions, if you are concerned that your child athlete is a little focused on the physicality of sports, and lacking in the reading and comprehension department.
Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars, by Gregory Zuckerman, Elijah Zuckerman, and Gabriel Zuckerman
A book that focuses on the personal challenges of professional athletes, such as Tim Howard’s battle with Tourette Syndrome, and Stephen Curry’s rise to success despite the obstacles.
Weird but True Sports: 300 Wacky Facts About Awesome Athletics, by National Geographic Kids
A book of 300 sports facts, including obscure, weird stories that will give your kids plenty to talk about both on and off the field.
Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends, by David Stabler and Doogie Horner
A collection of childhood stories from some of the world’s most famous athletes, that can give your child something to relate to.
Sports Illustrated Kids Slam Dunk!: Top 10 Lists of Everything in Basketball, by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
This book is basically everything a young basketball fan could want, from trivia, to leagues and players. It is written in list format to make it easy to digest and includes full color (basketball-related) photos from Sports Illustrated.
My First Book of Baseball: A Rookie Book, by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
If you have a young baseball fan in your life, this book will explain everything about the sport, which is a perfect gift to give a child before they start to play the game.
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