More children and adolescents than ever are involved in sports—nearly 30 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While kids learn many valuable lessons from athletic competition, including teamwork, perseverance, and confidence, many are at risk for injury. The CDC reports that more than 7,100 children and teens up to age 19 were treated each day in 2009 for sports-related injuries.
“Our culture of competition and participation in multiple sports is creating an increase in sports injuries among kids,” said Duke sports medicine specialist Dr. Tracy Ray, MD. “We’re seeing overuse injuries in very young people that we didn’t see in the past.”
As the spring sports season approaches, Ray offers these tips to prevent injuries in common sports.