30% of American kids injured playing sports

A new research study by Safe Kids USA and Johnson and Johnson has claimed that approximately one in three children who play sports require medical attention due to injuries such as broken bones and concussion.

Sports for kids

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 25th April 2012

The survey, released on April 18th 2012, claims that many parents of young athletes recognise the importance of sports safety, but ‘lack confidence in their own ability and the ability of coaches to prevent and recognise symptoms of key sports injuries’. Figures from the Centers for Disease Control  in America state that around 3.5 million children are treated for sports related injuries annually, and around 50% of these are preventable.

Speaking to parents

751 parents who had at least one child between the ages of four and 14 were interviewed for the survey.  98% agreed that participation in sport is important for their children, and is part of a positive childhood experience.  When questioned about injuries, the majority seemed unconcerned and to accept these as par for the course, with just 29% of those surveyed worrying at all about the risk of cuts/lacerations and 43% worrying about broken bones.

‘Need for education’

According to Safe Kids, the findings demonstrate that parents have ‘much to learn in order to maximize children’s safety on the sports field’.  With 86% of parents saying that sports injuries are just ‘part of the game’, the organisation claims that these findings ‘underscore the need for more education’.  Safe Kids claim that a national campaign is the way forward in closing what they describe as a ‘knowledge’ gap.

The full report can be accessed from the link below

Source:  Safe Kids USA, Sports safety report, 18th April 2012

Photography: Stuart Seeger @Flickr

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