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“It’s never easy for a young athlete to learn that they have a serious condition that may require  surgery,” said Sumeet Garg, MD, pediatric spine surgeon at Children’s Hospital Colorado and Associate Professor of Orthopedics at University of Colorado. “Safe return to sports and other physical activities has become commonplace among patients with idiopathic scoliosis who undergo spine fusion surgery. However, before this study there was no prospective data regarding timing for safely returning to sport.”