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Curr Sports Med Rep. 2003 Dec;2(6):337-43.

Prevention of pediatric sports injuries.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2870 University Avenue, Suite 200, Madison, WI 53705, USA.


With over 30 million children participating in sports each year across the United States, a number of significant injuries are to be expected. Although mild injuries such as strains, sprains, and contusions predominate, catastrophic injuries do occur. Young athletes are at an increased risk for growth plate and apophyseal injuries, overuse injuries, and heat illness. Many of these sports injuries can be prevented. Prevention strategies include protective equipment, rule changes, preseason and season prevention interventions, safety measures, better coaching, education, and a societal awareness of injury and prevention. This article discusses current injury prevention for children participating in baseball, football, soccer, and ice hockey.

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