Not Just the Head: Knee Injuries on the Rise in Young Athletes Too
Kids love playing sports and parents love having their kids in sports - especially if they show some glimmer of talent. But being active in competitive sports comes with an element of risk.
And that risk keeps increasing. There is a national discussion going on about head injuries in youth sport and now we can add knee injuries to the list as well.
This video explains that knee injuries in kids are up 400 per cent. And anyone who has torn their meniscus knows that surgery and physio may never take away the pain completely.
One expert suggests that kids are playing sports earlier and more aggressively than in the past. I would have to agree. It seems like as soon as a kid shows a glimmer of talent they are being pushed into competitive sports with multi-day practices and year-long commitments.
It's funny that on one hand the discussion is about child obesity and kids' lack of activity and on the other extreme we have kids who are working out too hard and sustaining life-long injuries. I think there is a middle ground when it comes to kids' athletics but we seem to be missing it.
Are we? Are kids' being pushed too hard in athletics? Do you worry about injuries?
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