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We want kids to excel in sports and love the simple pursuit of play and we strive to reduce the number of kids being sidelined from sports-related injuries.
There’s nothing that feels worse for young athletes than getting hurt and having to sit on the sidelines while their team goes on to victory. That’s why Safe Kids and Johnson & Johnson released a new report, “Changing the Culture of Youth Sports,” to explore how the culture of youth sports may be keeping kids out of the game.
Participation in sports offers tremendous social, emotional and physical benefits for children. We know that one of the worst things for kids is being on the sidelines with an injury.
As the program manager for sports safety, where much of my work is focused on keeping kids healthy and in top shape for sports, I’m inspired by the young athletes I meet or hear about each day. Kids who are full of passion for the sports they love and a desire to work hard and play their best each time they’re out on the field.
That’s why it’s heartbreaking when I hear about another young kid sidelined with a serious injury, like an ACL tear, or a concussion, which can have long-term effects if not diagnosed properly.
Female athletes eight times more likely to have knee injuries than male athletes
Washington, D.C. - Every 25 seconds, or 1.35 million times a year, a young athlete suffers a sports injury severe enough to go to the emergency room, according to a new research report released today by Safe Kids Worldwide.