For many of us, this gorgeous spring has been busy on the sports front; we have come out of the woodwork, breathed in the fresh air and gotten active again. I’m launching this blog to encourage activity, but in the healthiest way for our kids.
An estimated 45 million kids in this country are involved in either team or individual sports. That’s excellent news – I think I speak for many parents who want the kids off the couch. But here’s the thing, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
More than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.
PlayItSafeSports.com will cover injury prevention, both traumatic and overuse. In fact, more than half of all injuries sustained by middle school and high school students were overuse injuries, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
I recently had the chance to speak on ParentMap’s TV segment on KING5 News, our NBC affiliate in Seattle about this topic. It was an overview, because there is so much to cover. On this site, I will try to touch on as many sports and issues as possible, but for those anxious to dig into one particular sport right away, I recommend an excellent sport-by-sport guide for injury prevention StopSportsInjuries.org.
April was Youth Sports Safety Month, but this is an effort that deserves awareness day in, day out, during practices and games, warm-ups and cool-down. I look forward to sharing some of the information out there from top experts in various medical fields, all of whom care about keeping kids safe.