Teamwork between players, parents and coaches can help prevent injuries
SUNDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) -- Sports offer children and teens many health and social benefits, but parents and players also need to be aware of the risks, experts advise.
Each year in the United States, 715,000 high school sports-related injuries are reported, and every day 8,000 children are treated in emergency departments for sports-related injuries, according to the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
"Sports injuries are a problem at any age, but kids playing increasingly competitive sports in school are especially at risk," Brian Robinson, chair of NATA's secondary school committee, said in a news release. "Educating parents and school personnel about ways to help children avoid common sports-related injuries is a top priority."
March is National Athletic Training Month, and this year's theme is "Sports Safety Is a Team Effort." NATA offers parents the following advice on how to reduce children's risk of sports-related injuries:
The Nemours Foundations offers tips for preventing children's sports injuries.
-- Robert Preidt
SOURCE: National Athletic Trainers' Association, news release, March 2010
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