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Stopping Youth Sports Injuries (INFOGRAPHIC)

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

Did you know that more than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable? An infographic from Better Braces offers some perspective on youth sports injuries, providing guidance for the parents and coaches who are closest to these players (and able to make a difference)! Check out their findings below…

Fast Facts About Youth Sports Injuries

    • 30 million children and adolescents participate in youth sports in the U.S.
    • 62% of organized sports-related injuries occur during practices rather than games.
    • More than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year
    • A recent survey found the percentage of young athletes that have been injured while playing their respective sports as follows: Football (28%), Baseball (25%), Soccer (22%), Basketball (15%), Softball (12%).

Key Factors In Youth Sports Injuries…

    • Growth and maturity: As youth mature from puberty into adolescence, the severity of sports-related injuries increase.
    • Neurological damage: Sports contribute to approximately 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among American youth. Learn more about TBIs, including concussions. Also, did you know that concussions aren’t just a football injury? High school girls are 56% more likely than boys to suffer concussion.
    • Football: Over 500,000 injuries occur annually to American youth from playing football.
    • Baseball: Most injuries occur as a result of being struck by projectile objects.
    • Hip Examination: In the child, hip pathology can present as knee pain. So, a careful hip exam is important in the child presenting with an insidious onset of knee pain.
    • Knee Injuries: Knee problems are also one of the most common injuries in the young athlete (including anterior cruciate ligament – ACL – damage). Learn more about preventing ACL injuries.
    • Finger, Hand & Wrist: The most commonly injured areas are the fingers, hands and wrists.

6 Simple Ways to Reduce Youth Sports Injuries

    • Get preseason physical exams
    • Have medical services available at sporting events
    • Get proper coaching
    • Hydrate adequately
    • Have proper officiating
    • Use proper equipment

For more youth athlete sports safety tips, view this post.

To Learn More, See a Houston Sports Medicine Doctor

For more information about sports injury prevention in Houston, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics. Call (713) 756-5546.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.