Overuse Injuries are a Problem for Youth Athletes

Yesterdays post on Mark Hyman’s blog Youth Sports Parent highlighted an article from the Albaquerque Journal about overuse injuries and the impact on youth athletes. It is worth reading.

Some highlights:

  • As athletes specialize earlier and train harder, overuse injuries are on the rise. Fifty percent of pediatric sports injuries are now the result of overuse, according to a 2007 article by members of the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness published in Pediatrics.
  • Cross-training and proper stretching also can help prevent overuse injuries
  • only 2 percent of high school athletes received college athletic scholarships, the National Collegiate Athletic Association reports.

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