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

counted for the largest proportion of heat-related injuries or 47.6 percent.

"In the past seven days there has been 4 teen athletes, including 1 teen from South Carolina, that have died due to the extreme heat while practicing high school football," said Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA, and chief operating officer with the Korey Stringer Institute, Neag School of Education, for the University of Connecticut.  "Over the past five years, the number of heat stroke deaths from exertion in youth sports is higher than in any five-year period in the past 35 years.  A coach needs to have the knowledge to prevent the condition, recognize the signs or symptoms, and then rely on athletic trainers or emergency response personnel to implement the life-saving treatment strategy."

A national survey commissioned by Safe Kids USA and Johnson & Johnson confirmed parents and coaches need more youth sports safety information.  In fact, just 29 percent of parents surveyed feel coaches have the necessary skills to identify and prevent injuries and just 40 percent feel confident in their own abilities.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the rate and severity of sports related injuries increases with a child's age.  Children ages 5 - 14 years of age account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments with collision and contact sports associated with higher rates of injury.  In fact, the CPSC reported in 2009 an estimated 216,232 children age 14 and under were injured playing football, 88,789 were injured in soccer. For children 14 years and younger playing baseball or softball, there were 115,133 injuries in 2009.

The most common types of sport-related injuries in children are sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries,
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