Participation in any sport, whether it's recreational bike riding or
Pee-Wee football, can teach kids to stretch their limits and learn
sportsmanship and discipline. But any sport also carries the potential
for injury. By knowing the causes of sports injuries and how to prevent them, you
can help make athletics a positive experience for your child.
Kids can be particularly susceptible to sports injuries for a variety
of reasons. Kids, particularly those younger than 8 years old, are less
coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults because they are
still growing and developing.
In addition, kids mature at different rates. Often there's a
substantial difference in height and weight between kids of the same
age. And when kids of varying sizes play sports together, there may be
an increased risk of injury.
As kids grow bigger and stronger, the potential for injury increases,
largely because of the amount of force involved. For example, a
collision between two 8-year-old Pee-Wee football players who weigh 65
or 70 pounds each does not produce as much force as that produced by two
16-year-old high school football players who may each weigh up to 200
Also, kids may not assess the risks of certain activities as fully as
adults might. So they might unknowingly take risks that can result in
Learn more about Preventing Children's Sports Injuries.