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Sports help strengthen a child's mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately, sports injuries do happen. Here are some important injury prevention tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child.
In general, the more contact in a sport, the greater the risk of injury. Most injuries occur to ligaments (connect bones together), tendons (connect muscles to bones) and muscles. Only about 5 percent of sport injuries involve broken bones. However, the areas where bones grow in children are at more risk of injury during the rapid phases of growth. In a growing child, point tenderness over a bone should be evaluated further by a medical provider.
Most frequent sports injuries are sprains (injuries to ligaments) and strains (injuries to muscles), caused when an abnormal stress is placed on tendons, joints, bones and muscle. As always, contact your pediatrician if you have additional questions or concerns.
Young athletes should be judged on effort, sportsmanship and hard work. They should be rewarded for trying hard and for improving their skills rather than punished or criticized for losing a game or competition.
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Preventing Sports Injuries in Children: Important injury prevention tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their children.
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