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

and heat-related illness.  Although very rare, brain injury is the leading cause of sports-related death to children.  

"One worrisome aspect about the injuries that occur in youth sports is that so many of them could be prevented," said Dr. C. David Geier, Jr., director of MUSC Sports medicine and assistant professor of orthopedic surgery.  "We know that almost half of injuries in middle-school and high-school athletes are overuse injuries in sports. These aren't traumatic injuries over which the athletes and the parents and coaches have no control. These are overuse injuries that could be prevented with rest from the sport for two to three months, proper fitness and strength training necessary for that sport, and not trying to compete when experiencing pain."

Safe Kids Youth Sports Safety Clinics are focusing on the most common causes of preventable injuries including overuse injuries, heat-related illness, concussions and injuries caused by pre-existing medical conditions. Safe Kids encourages parents to have consistent communications with their child's coach in order to take a proactive role in keeping their child safe while playing sports.

Pre-Participation Physical Evaluations  

Safe Kids USA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend every child receive an annual pre-participation evaluation (PPE), which will help determine his/her readiness to play sports and may uncover any underlying conditions that could limit participation or increase the risk for injury or a medical emergency.  Parents should talk to their child's doctor and ask them to perform the full pre-participation evaluation, which was recently updated by the AAP.

Dehydration/Health Related Illness

Young athletes need to be encouraged to drink water before, during and after practice, in order to prevent dehydration an
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