1.35 Million Children Visit the E.R. for Sports Injuries Every Year
According to an article published by Fox News, studies show a disturbing trend in the number of sports related child injuries.
With a large number of child injuries being tied to youth sports, Safe Kids Worldwide recommends that parents educate themselves on the most common injuries and participate in injury prevention.
Sports Related Child Injuries Statistics
“We uncovered some surprising and disturbing data about how often our kids are being injured playing sports.” – Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide as published by Fox News.
- A study published by Safe Kids Worldwide looked at data provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.
- According to findings, approximately 1.35 million children visit the emergency room every year due to sports related injuries.
- This averages to one child visiting the E.R. every 25 seconds.
- Of those injuries, it was found that there were about 163,000 reports of concussion each year – about one every three minutes.
- Further, the study showed that young athletes actually suffer about the same number of concussions per year as high school athletes.
- Of the 163,000 concussions, 47% occurred in children between the ages of 12 and 15.
- The study noted the danger of these concussions lies in the fact that children have a harder time recovering from a concussion than adults do.
- 1 out of every 10 injuries were recorded as knee injuries, with girls being up to 8 times more likely to suffer from a torn ACL.
Sport Injury Safety Tips
Provided by Safe Kids Worldwide
- Educate Yourself – Safe Kids Worldwide encourages parents to educate themselves on potential injuries before they happen. Most parents confess they wish they had known more about their child’s injury before it occurred in order to prevent the injury or respond more efficiently to it.
- Teach Injury Prevention to Your Child – Smart hydration habits, stretches, and warm-up exercises can reduce injuries. Focus on areas stressed by your child's particular sport such as the shoulder and elbow if your child is a pitcher or the groins, knees, and ankles if you child plays soccer.
- Encourage Reporting Injuries – Many children do not immediately report injuries leading to them worsening as the injured area continues to receive stress. This is due to a desire not to let down coaches, parents and peers.
- Support Coaches in Injury Prevention – Many coaches (about half) report feeling pressured by parents and athletes to keep an injured child in a game. Support a coach who decides to remove an injured child from a game as it is best for long term injury prevention.
Contact an Experienced Child Sports Injury Attorney
At Thomas J. Henry, we have the experience and resources to handle your child’s case. If your child has been the victim of a serious sports injury, contact our offices. We represent clients/victims all over the country. We are available 24/7, nights and weekends.