Nearly 30 million children and teen athletes play sports in the United States. This increase in play has led to some other remarkable statistics about injuries dealing with America’s young athletes:
- High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
- 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. On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age.
- Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students
- 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.
- Twenty percent of children ages 8 to 12 and 45 percent of those ages 13 to 14 will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season.
- Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the United States.
- According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable.
- By age 13, 70 percent of kids drop out of youth sports. The top three reasons: adults, coaches and parents.
- Among athletes ages 5 to 14, 28 percent of percent of football players, 25 percent of baseball players, 22 percent of soccer players, 15 percent of basketball players, and 12 percent of softball players were injured while playing their respective sports.
- Since 2000 there has been a five fold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.
Many athletes think that they will never get hurt when playing. They believe that they are invisible. Nothing will ever happen to them, because they are Gods and nothing can hurt them. Although many many athletes may disagree a lot of athletes do get hurt, and it doesn’t matter if you’re better then everyone because injuries don’t care who you are.
There are so many ways to get hurt during a game or even during practice. People that get hurt don’t want to get hurt and maybe are the most careful athletes in the whole wide world but they still get hurt. Here are some ways to prevent injures:
- Wear protective gear, such as helmets, protective pads, and other gear.
- Warm up and cool down.
- Know the rules of the game.
- Watch out for others.
- Don’t play when you’re injured
It is clear that there are many more ways to prevent sport injuries.