Perceived Dangers of Youth Sports

Will you let your kids play (insert your sport)?

16% will hold their children from playing sports, specifically due to concussion risks, according to a Harris Poll survey sponsored by the American Osteopathic Association. 51% responded that they would allow their children to play on an organized team and the remaining 33% responded that it depended on the sport. Rugby had the lowest percentage of parents that would allow their children to participate coming in at 6%. Basketball had the highest at 66%.
There are stark differences between rugby and basketball and parents are aware of this.
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Why are kids injured more often in sports?

 

Over the last quarter-century, there has been a startling shift in how children are coached and trained in youth sports programs. Gone are the days when kids played multiple sports with breaks both during and between seasons. Today, kids specialize in one sport from increasingly young ages. At the same time, they are asked to perform at increasingly higher levels: USA gymnastics offers structured competition as early as age 4; Little League Baseball has training programs that start at age 5.

The High Cost of Insuring Athletes by Steve Yahn

This is a huge problem in sports leagues of all levels.

The most glaring problem in the NCAA’s health care is that once a student-athlete is no longer enrolled in a university program and under scholarship, they no longer receive any medical help from their school, experts said. That is a big problem for former athletes who have injuries that limit mobility, affect quality of life and impede the ability to find jobs.

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