About 40 million children and adolescents participate in organized sports in the United States. According to a recent epidemiological study, children and adolescents 5- to 17-years old suffer 4.3 million sports and recreational activity related injuries each year. The highest rates of injury appear to occur in sports that involve a high degree of contact, jumping, sprinting or pivoting such as football, soccer, basketball, hockey and rugby. There is also a high incidence of injury in sports like basketball and cross country track due to the repetitive nature of these activities.
While a number of sports injuries are unavoidable, here are some simple tips you can use to help prevent common sports injuries: