NEW YORK and GREENWICH, Conn., Feb. 26, 2019/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- With so many benefits to athletic participation for young kids, it's important that playing their favorite sports doesn't lead to time on the sidelines due to injuries. But by following best practices for young athletes, parents
Youth sports in the United States are extremely popular. According to a 2016 report by the Aspen Institute, 3 out of 4 American households have at least one school-aged child who's participating in organized athletics. And among kids who participate, 60% of boys and 47% of girls are on a team by age 6.
"The upsides to starting athletics early are tremendous. Research shows young kids who play team sports do better in school and don't partake in as many unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking or drinking," Dr. Plancher says. "But because many young kids are also more likely than ever to play their favorite sport year-round, the chances of experiencing sports-related injuries increases. There are sensible ways, however, to keep your young kids in the game."
Benefits of sports for young kids Several national organizations promote youth sports, and all tout the many physical and emotional benefits of athletic participation among young children. According to Dr. Plancher, these include:
Smart ways to prevent injuries Even with the increased risk of sports injuries that come with more time on the field, parents can encourage best practices among their kids that help young athletes ward off injuries, Dr. Plancher says. Smart prevention tactics include:
Using these sensible approaches, there's no reason young athletes can't keep playing their chosen sports for as long as they desire. "The pros of playing team sports for young kids far outweigh any negatives, so keeping them safe on the field should be parents' highest priority," Dr. Plancher says.
Kevin D. Plancher, MD, MPH, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He founded Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and serves as Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. Since 2001, he has been listed annually in the Castle Connolly directory as a "top doctor" in his field.
Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine is a comprehensive orthopaedics and sports medicine practice with offices in New York City and Greenwich, CT. http://www.plancherortho.com
SOURCE Kevin D. Plancher
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