According to a new study out of Finland, young athletes are very susceptible to sports injuries: in fact, of the 9000 student athletes surveyed by study author Anu Räisänen, one out of every three had sustained an athletic injury within the last year!
Räisänen said: ”The number of sports injuries was large and there were too many. Injuries create problems and they can even be lifelong. They may also influence how much children enjoy sports.”
While the study focused mainly on football and basketball, the reasons for the frequent injuries was applicable in any sport: players often shift directions quickly, meaning they carry their weight on one leg, limiting the young athlete’s abilities to control the movement of their knees. When knees turn inward, particularly while an athlete is jumping, they are far more likely to sustain a sports injury.
Thankfully, there was some good news in the study: warm-ups, particularly exercises that strengthen hip and thigh muscles, can go a long way to improving knee control and preventing injuries.
If you’re concerned about your child’s health while playing sports or if you’re already dealing with a kids’ sports injury, schedule a consultation with Dr. Schneider. From prevention to recovery, we have your young athlete covered!