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Focus on One Sport Raises Young Athletes' Injury Risk: Study
Date:4/19/2013

hysical activity (organized sports, gym time and unorganized free play), including 13 hours in organized sports. Athletes who were not injured spent an average of about 18 hours per week doing physical activity, including only about nine hours in organized sports.

Jayanthi offered some tips to reduce young athletes' risk of injuries:

  • Do not spend more hours per week than your age playing sports, and do not spend more than twice as much time playing organized sports as you spend in gym and unorganized play.
  • Do not specialize in one sport before late adolescence.
  • Do not play sports competitively year round. Take a break from competition for one to three months each year (not necessarily consecutively). Take at least one day off per week from training in sports.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about preventing children's sports injuries.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Loyola University Health System, news release, April 19, 2013


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