Now that school has been back in session for a while, more and more youth sports teams are gearing up for their competitive seasons. Participating in a school or club team has many benefits for young teens: it gives them a great opportunity to socialize, to practice new skills, to exercise, and to gain a sense of accomplishment. But despite all the fun to be found in a youth sports team, are there risks as well? Read on to find out more.
Youth Sports Injuries a Major Concern to Parents
Though parents can be found cheering on the sidelines with the rest of the fans, a recent survey showed that 87% of parents were worried about the risk their children run of injury in youth sports. Concussions rank among the most-feared injuries, yet other common ones such as muscle tears, sprains, and broken bones also make the list. As a result, youth sports has seen roughly a 5% drop in participation over the last five years, and popular sports such as football and basketball have seen even steeper declines.
So what is the happy medium solution between allowing kids to participate in their sports of choice and guaranteeing their safety? For one thing, during both practices and actual games, children should be required to wear all necessary safety and protective gear. And in the event that your child does sustain an injury during sports, physical therapy can be the key to a safe and effective recovery. From sprains to post-concussion syndrome, physical therapy can not only treat injured areas but strengthen them so that the risk of further injury drops significantly in the future. To find out more about how physical therapy can help the young athlete in your family. Call Life Fitness today.
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