Startling Facts About Youth Sports Injuries
Posted on September 25 2018
Coaches around Denver are blowing their whistles as they begin fall and winter practice in the Rockies. New leagues have formed, practice and game schedules have been distributed, and athletes all around Colorado are participating in a wide range of youth sports. If you are a parent, you know that in addition to the excitement, there is also the innate fear of youth sports injuries. Most of us try to keep it tucked in the back of our minds, but we know the risk exists.
Facts About Youth Sports Injuries
According to the StopSportsInjuries site, here are some startling statistics about youth sports injuries:
- High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries per year
- Children ages 5-14 account for nearly 40% of all sports-related injuries treated in hospitals. On average, the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age.
- 21% of all US traumatic brain injuries occur among children participating in sports and recreational activities.
The good news is that more than half of all youth sports injuries are preventable. It’s important to know the facts. To learn more about youth sports injuries, and how to prevent them, visit: www.stopsportsinjuries.org
Yours in athletic safety,
Patti Hutt, Arvada and Lakewood Clinics
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