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Sports Safety

  • Sports Safety - Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates

    Almost one-third of all injuries incurred in childhood are sports-related injuries. By far, the most common injuries are sprains and strains.

  • Sports Safety--Identifying High-Risk Situations

    High-risk situations include faulty or ill-fitting safety gear and equipment, lack of adult supervision, and an unsafe playing environment.

  • Sports Safety--Prevention

    Safety gear should be sport-specific and may include such items as goggles, mouthguards, shin-elbow-knee pads, and helmets. The safety gear worn by a child should fit properly.

  • Cheerleading Safety

    A safe cheerleading program will include direct adult supervision, proper conditioning, skills training and warm-up exercises.

  • Tips for Preventing an ACL Knee Ligament Injury

    The ACL is most often stretched or torn (or both) by a sudden twisting motion -- when, for example, your feet are planted one way and your knees are turned another.

  • Make Variety a Goal in Kids' Sports

    Children should avoid specializing in a sport until they reach adolescence, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. Reason: for every prodigy who becomes a successful athlete, thousands of youths suffer physically or psychologically from being pushed to compete at a young age.

  • Protecting Your Child from Sports Injuries

    Most children depend on recreational and school sports for exercise and fun. But too many young athletes suffer needless injuries.

  • Little League Goes to Bat for Safety

    Pitchers ages 10 and under can throw no more than 75 pitches a game. After that, they can't pitch until they rest for four days.

  • Sports Eye Safety Is No Game

    Sports is the leading cause of school-age children's eye injuries, but most of those injuries are preventable.

  • Mouthguards

    Mouthguards are important to help protect your child's mouth and teeth from serious injury.

  • Keep Your Child Athlete Off the Disabled List

    Each year, about one in 10 children receives medical treatment for a sports injury. Here’s how to protect your young sports star from concussions, sprains, fractures, and more.

  • Organized Sports for Kids

    Picking the best sport for your child and providing the right level of encouragement can be a challenge, but with a little research, you will find the sports program that best fits your youngster and your family’s budget and schedule.

  • Preparticipation Physical Examinations

    A preparticipation examination may be required for any child who wants to take part in a school athletic activity or in an organized sports activity outside of school.

  • Heart Screens for Teens: What You Need to Know

    Most people don’t think of heart problems as an issue among teenagers, and for most of them, it’s not. But in rare instances, a teen can have a heart abnormality that can lead to health problems and even death.

  • Sports and Children with Special Needs

    Special needs children are sometimes not encouraged to exercise, because their parents or guardians fear they'll be injured. But physical activity is as important for special needs children, as it is for any child.

  • Workouts to Help Prevent Sports Injuries

    It may not be always possible to avoid injury when playing sports, especially physical contact sports, but participants can help protect themselves by properly preparing before and after a game or practice session by warming up muscles and then stretching.

  • Sports and Young Athletes with Hepatitis B and Sickle Cell Trait

    Although youngsters with sickle cell disease may participate in sports for fun, they are unlikely to play competitive sports like basketball or football because they need to avoid sports that involve overexertion, overheating, dehydration, or chilling.

  • MRSA and Young Athletes: Prevention

    MRSA most often causes minor skin infections in young athletes, but if untreated, the bacteria may invade the bloodstream and become a life-threatening infection.

  • Eating Disorders and Young Athletes

    Playing competitive sports can boost self-esteem and teach teamwork and leadership lessons. But sometimes being on a team that focuses too heavily on performance—or appearance—may trigger an eating disorder.

  • Contacts Sports and Kids: How to Keep Your Children Safe

    Kids are more susceptible to sports injuries than adults because they are still growing and developing. The risk for injury is even greater if the child plays a contact sport such as basketball, football, or soccer.

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