Why the Pushback to Men’s Health article on kids’ injuries?

Kudos to Yahoo! Health/Men’s Health for bringing to their male-heavy readership the 8 most dangerous sports for your kids. Webpage of Yahoo!Health list But what a hostile reception from many of their readers.

Some accuse the authors of preferring to keep kids in padded room with video games. Really?  We all know better than to give too much credence to online comments (especially semi-anonymous ones) but we can still glean from this crowd the exact mentality that is so dangerous to kids; as one person wrote:

 

Posted by Robert on Sun, Apr 28, 2013, 7:30 AM PDT

Quick!! Pad all the corners,lock up all the virgins,and whatever you do,don’t let the little darlings get a boo-boo by having too much fun!!! We have to protect them because each and every life is so precious we can’t afford for it to be placed in any type of danger in the name of having some fun. What?? All they do now is play x-box and get high???

Clearly, there still is a lot of educating to do. Even the NFL recognizes concussion risks now. For those willing to read this list for the helpful information, keep in mind that the authors are focusing on concussion risk, rather than overall injuries. One quote is especially worth considering:

The youngest players have the oldest equipment and least experienced coaches, says Brent Masel, M.D., medical director of the Brain Injury Association of America.

One item I do wish they had handled differently was the Cheerleading section, which Yahoo! Health downplays as only risky for the person tossed in their air. In fact, as STOPsportsinjuries.org points out:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that cheerleading led to 16,000 emergency room visits in 2002 (the latest year for data). While not as frequent as injuries in other sports, cheerleading injuries tend to be more severe, making up more than half of the catastrophic injuries in female athletes.

The competitive and acrobatic nature of the sport now is far different from years past. And, injuries can be catastrophic or even fatal, not just for the “flyers” but for the “bases” too.

Still, those differences of opinion aside, I commend Yahoo! Health and Men’s Health for bringing the issue before their fans and skeptics alike.

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