Ways to Protect Children from Sports Injuries

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Ways to Protect Children from Sports Injuries


Playing and watching sports are a big part of our culture. Athletics are also important to a healthy lifestyle. And these days more than 35 million U.S. kids play organized sports.

Each year children chalk up a lot of sports- related injuries. Most are minor, but many are severe - and could be prevented with some common sense and a few safety precautions, says Dr. James R. Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon and one of the top sports doctors in the country.

In his new book Any Given Monday, Dr. Andrews provides a reference guide for young athletes and the adults in their life: parents, teachers, coaches and sports fans. His book covers 25 of the most popular youth sports including cheerleading, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, skateboarding and snowboarding.

Dr. Andrews says that nearly half of all the sports injuries kids receive stem from overuse. He describes sportspecific steps to prevent injuries that can be prevented and properly treat those that can't.

"Good habits set early on can last for life," he says. …

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