According to Safe Kids USA, more than 38 million children play organized sports each year in the U.S. and an estimated 3.5 million injuries are sustained by youth while playing sports. Approximately two out of three sports-related injuries treated in emergency departments occurs to children. Experts say that half of all sports injuries can be prevented.
The most common types of sport-related injuries in children are sprains (mostly ankle), muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries and heat-related illness. An estimated 2 out of 5 traumatic brain injuries among children are associated with participation in sports and recreational activities.
Safe Kids USA and our local Safe Kids Greater Dayton offer some resources to help you keep your kids and young athletes safe this Sports Safety Week!
How to you balance safety with the importance of sports for your children?