Surprising Dangers of Trampolines for Kids

Trampolines are popular among kids and adults – but they’re dangerous. From 2002 to 2011, trampoline injuries contributed to more than 1 million emergency department visits in the United States. With an influx of indoor trampoline parks springing up nationwide, trampoline-related injuries may continue to soar. Trampolines not advised Whether kids are supervised at an indoor … Read More

Heart Disorder May No Longer Keep Kids Out of Sports

For kids with a heart rhythm disorder called long Q-T syndrome, or LQTS, sports are not usually an option. That may change soon. A new study finds playing competitive, organized sports may be safer for these children than originally thought. Researchers studied more than 100 children with LQTS, a rare inherited arrhythmia disorder that affects … Read More

Gymnastics Safety Tips: Keep Kids Injury-Free

Girls all over America watched gymnast Gabby Douglas flip and spin across the Olympic mat a couple years ago, dreaming they might one day reach that level of elite gymnastics. But competitive gymnastics brings with it significant risk for injury, including strains and sprains as well as stress fractures to the back, wrists and ankles. … Read More

Have Kids in Sports? Know the Laws About Concussions

While anywhere from 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s estimated that nearly half of athletes (47 percent) who suffer concussive blows don’t report their symptoms. If you have children in sports, it’s important for you, as a parent, as well as … Read More

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Children and Growth Plates Injuries (Video)

In so many ways, children are more flexible than adults – and this includes their bones. Because their bones haven’t fully hardened and are still growing, children are vulnerable to a unique injury called a growth plate fracture. Growth plates are areas of developing cartilage tissue near the ends of long bones, and these are … Read More

Kids and Sports: Throwing Injuries (Video)

“The kid’s got a good arm” — we’ve all heard that expression. More and more children are in throwing sports, including baseball, and we’ve got take care of all those good arms, shoulders and elbows. As I see more throwing injuries, here’s the advice I give to parents and coaches: 1. Recognize the injury. When … Read More

Kids’ Sports: How to Avoid Overuse Injuries (Video)

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. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students, according to American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It’s an issue … Read More

Youth Sports: Too Much, Too Soon? (Video)

As a doctor, I’m seeing a change in youth sports culture that concerns me: ever-younger kids in higher-level league sports. They come into my office complaining of pain. Of course, parents and coaches have the best intentions, often wanting to get kids started earlier to develop and grow as athletes. But with this trend, there … Read More

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Motivate Your Kids to Move

To shrink the growing problem of childhood obesity, parents need to inspire kids to be more active. That’s easier said than done. “Kids have to ‘own’ the desire to move,” says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Fit Youth Program. How can you promote greater physical activity without nagging, monitoring, begging or lecturing? Ask, … Read More

Eyes on the Ball: Safety and Sports

Americans love sports — and we love to look fashionable. But we often insist that sports and fashion go together, sometimes to our own detriment. Protective eye gear may never be the latest craze in tennis or baseball, but think for a moment about the logic of not protecting our eyes. We wear helmets to … Read More