In addition, 3.5 million children visit the emergency room with sports-related injuries annually. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, over half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
When we think of sports-related injuries, we typically think of team contact sports such as football or hockey. Yet every sport, both recreational and competitive, carries the potential for injury. From golf to swimming, cheerleading to biking, snowboarding to running, baseball to tennis, children and teens who are involved in sporting activities are at risk for both acute and chronic injuries. Even recreational activities such as roller skating or bouncing on the backyard trampoline can result in injury without proper safety measures.
Concussion - Concussions, a type of traumatic brain injury, are arguably one of the most dangerous sports-related injuries. The concussion rate among elementary and middle schoolers has been on the rise. Forty percent of concussions occur in children between the ages of 8 and 13. Interestingly, concussion risk is higher for girls. Approximately half of all head injuries in children under age 14 occur in bicycle accidents.
Acute injury - These injuries often result through collision in contact sports and can involve anything from a broken bone to a sprained ankle.
Overuse injury - These injuries occur when the same muscle group performs the same movement patterns day after day without much break. This puts a great strain on muscles, ligaments and tendons possibly resulting in strain, inflammation or stress fractures.
Dehydration and heat illness - Dehydration may lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, the most serious forms of heat illness. Children are more susceptible since they have more body surface area per pound of weight than adults.
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