Every year, over 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports. With more participation in athletics comes a higher rate of sport-related injuries. According to the Center for Disease Control, there are around two million occurrences of injuries each year. Nearly 500,000 of these injuries require medical attention, and around 30,000 of them lead to hospitalization. These injuries normally consist of sprains, strains, fractures, overuse injuries and ligament or muscle tears.
What is good news for parents and coaches? The majority of these injuries are preventable.
Click here to hear more from Matthew Anderson, Head Strength Coach at OrthoCarolina, to see how you can prevent injury and stay healthy on and off the field.