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Young School Athletes at Risk for Sports-Related Injuries, Including Heat Stroke
Date:8/3/2011

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With many young school athletes working hard this month to prepare for fall sports, Safe Kids USA is hosting Youth Sports Safety Clinics across the country to educate parents and coaches on how to keep children safe and prevent sports injuries, including heat-related illnesses.  Nearly 3/4 of U.S. households have at least one child who plays organized sports.  Unfortunately, about 3.5 million children receive medical treatment for a sports-related injury each year, and as many as half of these injuries are preventable according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"With scorching high temperatures and vigorous practice sessions underway for school age children, parents and coaches have an even greater role to play in keeping children safe and injury free," said Meri-K Appy, president of Safe Kids USA. "It's vitally important to set realistic expectations for children about sports and understand how to help them prepare properly, prevent injuries and play safely."

In a nation-wide education campaign supported by its founding sponsor Johnson & Johnson, Safe Kids USA coalitions have hosted more than 150 Youth Sports Safety Clinics for parents and youth coaches since April.  The Safe Kids Trident Area coalition is holding its second Youth Sports Safety Seminar this year at the Joe Riley Park on Sunday, August 7.  The Seminar will be attended by the area's middle and high school football, soccer and tennis coaches; athletes, and parents before the ball game.  

At the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), 164 children, ages 17 and under, have been treated for sports related injuries since 2006, and 25 percent were for heat exhaustion.  According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the number of heat-related injuries from 1997 to 2006 increased 133 percent. Youth ac
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