Preventing Kids' Sports Injuries

Ward off those sprains, strains, scrapes, and breaks.

All parents feel the need to protect their children. So when a son or daughter expresses an interest in sports, it's only natural that a parent be concerned about their child getting injured.

According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, more than 3 million children experience sports- and recreation-related injuries in the United States each year. The majority of these injuries aren't serious and many can be prevented with the use of proper equipment. Learn the essential information about why injuries occur, how to prevent them, and what to do if your child gets hurt.

Why are children prone to injury?

  • Children are less coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults.
  • Since kids mature at different rates, there can be a substantial difference in height and weight between children of the same age.
  • As children grow bigger and stronger, the potential for and severity of injury can increase.

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