Roughly three out of four families in the U.S. have at least one child who plays an organized sport, which is around 45 million kids. Yet, nearly 80 percent of those kids have stopped playing organized sports by the time they’re 15. Youth sports is a multi-billion-dollar industry these days, but participation in sports seems to be declining – by as much as 20 percent in some sports. While there is a lot of debate as to why any parent who has kids who participate probably has a few opinions of their own.Read more
In gymnastics, the demand for strength, flexibility and aesthetics – or form and appearance – combined with repetitive impact can be taxing on young bodies and put them at greater risk for injuries and strains.
“The most common location of injury for female gymnasts is the lower extremity – ankle sprains and knee overuse injuries. Traumatic knee injuries include a cruciate rupture or meniscus tear” explains Jan Mussallem, UW Health physical therapist. “Male gymnasts tend to experience upper extremity injuries in the shoulder and wrist.”Read more
It’s summer and the kids are out enjoying their vacation time. And for older kids, it may mean they’re enjoying a little more freedom riding bikes to get between friends’ houses or other places around the neighborhood. While you can trust them to get to the places they need to go, do they know what they need to do if an accident happens along the way?
Even from a relatively young age, kids should know when and how to call 9-1-1 in an emergency (check out this fact sheet for kids on how to use 9-1-1). And, it’s important to stay calm whether it’s a small scrape or a bad spill on a bike.