BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to ABC News, more American children are being enrolled in youth sports at an early age. Parents may enroll children in youth sports in the hope that the children will get scholarships or that their children may go pro. However, as reports about the risk of youth concussion in football have grown, so have reports of children suffering serious sports injuries across the board. Parents may be taking their children out of football teams, only to enroll them in “safer” sports that also have their own injury risks. According to ABC News, approximately 4 in 10 children emergency room visits are due to sports injuries. While football has been in the news recently for its traumatic brain injury risk and CTE risk, children who play any sport can be at risk of injury.
This doesn’t mean that parents should pull their kids out of youth sports, just that parents need to be cautious when selecting which youth sports organization they enroll their children in. For example, as some sports become more competitive for younger children, these children may suffer repetitive strain injuries. Before enrolling your child in a sports team, ask how common injuries are and what steps the organization and coaches take to prevent injuries. How are injuries handled?
If you are enrolling your child in more than one sport, it is also important to speak to coaches to consider how the workout will impact your child’s body and health. Coaches may have a plan in place assuming that the child is only enrolled in one sport. While it may be healthier to cross-train using different sports, it is wise to let your child’s coaches know what sports your child is involved in and their workout regimens in each sport. The New York Times noted that children probably should not specialize in any one sport until after puberty. Children can also be susceptible to dangerous growth plate fractures. If not properly treated, these fractures can affect the child’s growth and development.
Sports and organized sports can be a great addition to a child’s life, in terms of socialization, self-esteem, and overall physical health, but parents should take the time to ensure that youth sports organizations are taking the measures needed to keep children safe. When youth sports groups fail to take these steps, children can suffer serious and potentially life-altering injuries.
If your child has suffered a serious sports injury and you believe measures weren’t taken to keep your child safe, you may have certain rights under the law. Visit the Bowling Law Firm today to learn more. The Bowling Law Firm is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm that helps victims of catastrophic injury seek justice. Catastrophic injuries can be devastating for victims and families. You may have more questions than answers. A catastrophic injury law firm may be able to help you navigate the legal and medical challenges that follow a serious injury.
 
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