How To Reduce The Number Of Youth Sports Injuries

(WREG-TV) Spring sports are on the rise which means so are sports injuries.

Campbell Clinic chief of staff, Dr. Fred Azar, joined us to talk about what can be done to reduce those numbers.

The CDC reports that participation in organized sports is on the rise with nearly 30 million children and adolescents in the U.S. participating in youth sports.

This increase has also resulted in some staggering statistics regarding youth sports injuries such as:

  • More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year
  • Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals
  • Although 62 percent of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice, one-third of parents do not have their children take the same safety precautions at practice that they would during a game
  • Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States
  • Most importantly, according to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable
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