Children’s Sports Injury Awareness

Athletics can teach kids great lessons about good sportsmanship, discipline, and teamwork. Physically and socially beneficial, participation in sports while you’re young can make memories that last a lifetime. It can also leave children with injuries, both temporary and permanent. Consider these statistics:

  • More than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year.
  • Nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals are suffered by children 5 to 14 years old.
  • Overuse/repetitive stress injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students
  • Among athletes ages 5 to 14, 28 percent of football players, 25 percent of baseball players, 22 percent of soccer players, 15 percent of basketball players, and 12 percent of softball players were injured while playing their respective sport.
  • Each year, high school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits, and 30,000 hospitalizations.
Among the 38 million U.S. youths who participate in organized sports, concussion is the most common injury and has risen 57 percent among those age 19 or younger. Just last week in Georgia, a high school goalie suffered his third soccer-related concussion and awoke from a coma speaking fluent Spanish – something he had never done before. Because children develop at different rates, there are often various sizes playing together. These differences in weight and height can raise the likelihood of injury. Kids don’t judge the risks of an activity the same way adults do and may be unaware that they are in over their heads. Young players may hide or downplay the fact that they are hurt because they don’t fully realize the seriousness of the injury, don’t want to let down their teammates, or don’t want to sit on the sidelines. The good news is that many injuries are preventable. To help reduce them, parents and coaches can make sure that children:
  • Receive a preparticipation physical exam (PPE) before starting a sport.
  • Take time to warm-up – before games AND practices. Stretching and low-intensity aerobic exercise, building to moderate intensity aerobic activity, can help prepare the body for strenuous game play.
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after playing. Ideally, athletes should drink fluids 30 minutes before activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity.
  • Take time off from their sport. Not only will that help prevent overuse injuries, it also offers the opportunity to develop skills in another sport.
  • Use the correct equipment such as helmets, shin guards, mouth guards, ankle braces, and shoes with rubber cleats.
  • Are reminded that athletes should never play through pain.
If you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the personal injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm. We have years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Our knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you every step of the way and will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve. Based in Pikeville, KY, we proudly serve communities throughout the Bluegrass State. Contact us by calling 606-437-4488 or filling out our online form.

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