Many children are active in sports and other physical activities. As a result, they may experience sports injuries from time-to-time. In some cases, these injuries may be more serious than others. What may at first appear to be a minor injury should still be evaluated by a medical professional. This ensures that proper treatment can be administered if required.
Children and Sports-Related Injuries
On an annual basis, over 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive medical treatment for a variety of sports injuries. Almost 40% of the sports-related injuries that are treated in hospitals are for children between the ages of five to 14. It’s important to note that on average, the rate and severity of these injuries will tend to increase given a child’s age.
Types of Sports-Related Injuries
Children who play baseball and softball, for example, have been experiencing an increased percentage of injuries. Since 2000, elbow and shoulder injuries have increase