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Date:4/19/2011

the survey found.

Experts speaking at the Safe Kids news conference said the survey didn't explain the jump in injuries among pre-adolescent girls. But, other research indicates females in this age group are four times to eight times more likely than boys to tear the anterior cruciate ligament in their knee, which is essential to knee stability.

"This is an area that bears much more research," said Angela Mickalide, director of research and programs for Safe Kids Worldwide. "We really must do more to stop this trend."

Nearly all parents surveyed felt organized team sports provide positive experiences for their children, and 31 percent said learning values such as teamwork and sportsmanship was the most important benefit.

Mickalide cautioned, however, that parents should not place undue pressure on their children to succeed in sports, noting that less than 1 percent of kids ever advance to the professional level.

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To learn more about children and sports safety, visit the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

SOURCES: April 18, 2011, Safe Kids Worldwide news conference with Angela Mickalide, CHES, director of research and programs, Safe Kids Worldwide; Kyle Johnson, director of communications/marketing, Safe Kids Worldwide; Tanya Chin Ross, director of Public Policy, Safe Kids USA


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