Kids’ injuries have gone beyond fractures, sprains and concussions. Today, there is an epidemic in youth sports: overuse injuries, caused by too much activity, with too little rest. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. … Read More
You might be surprised about all the long-range effects injuries can have on kids, including:
Loss of sports participation (and resulting inactivity).
Lower academic performance.
Higher risks for depression and smoking.
Potential for future osteoarthritis and obesity.
How to prevent overuse injuries
The good news is that there are things we can do to help stop sports injuries in children, including encouraging kids to:
Remain active during the off-season. Deconditioning is a common thread running through all sports-specific injuries because overuse injuries develop when new sports require different repetitive activities.
Guard against nonstop training. While staying active is important, I advise moderation because most kids don’t need to be pushed to train year-round in a single sport. They just need to play. Children will know when they’ve been active enough.
Rotate through different sports. By doing this, kids can discover which ones they like, rather than being forced to remain in one. Injuries result when kids are not fully engaged or are unwilling participants in a sport.
By teaching your kids to play safe and aware, you can help them lengthen their athletic careers, improve teamwork, reduce obesity rates and create a lifelong love of exercise and healthy activity.