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Lecture 16

ENS 438 Lecture 16: Youth Sports & Injury / Illness

Exercise and Nutritional Sciences
Course Code
ENS 438

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Youth Sports & Injury / Illness
Items to Consider
Organized youth sports is a relatively new phenomenon
Youth sports begin with post war masculinization in America
Youth sports reflect shifts in society
A lot of kids are hurt playing sports
Youth Sport Injury Data (from CDC)
High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000
doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year
More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports
injuries each year
Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40% of all sports-related injuries treated
in hospitals
On average the rate and severity of injury increases with a child’s age
Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half and all sports injuries to middle
and high school students
Among athletes ages 5 to 14, the following percentage of players were injured
while playing their respective sports
28% football players
25% baseball players
22% soccer players
15% basketball players
12% softball players
Since 2000, there has been a fivefold increase in the number of serious shoulder
and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players
Although 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practice, ⅓ of
parents don’t have their children take the same safety precautions at practice
that they would during a game
20% of children ages 8-12 and 45% of those ages 13-14 will have arm pain
during a single youth baseball season
Injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities account
for 21% of all traumatic brain injuries among children in the US
According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries in children are
By age 13, 70% of kids drop out of youth sports for the following 3 reasons
Social Changes Related to the Growth of Organized Youth Sports and Injuries
Increase in families with both parents working outside the home
New definitions of what it means to be a “good parent”
Growing belief that informal activities provide occasions for kids to get into
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