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ETE'S
To help your children
avoid the most
common orthopedic
injuries, insist that
they play a variety of
sports-and that they
take time off
BY LAURA ARENSCHIELD

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PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

hildren who play
sports benefit in
many healthful ways:
Compared with their
peers who don't participate in sports, they are less likely to
be obese. They score higher on tests
and are more apt to go to college. As
adults, former athletes are more successful in their careers, thanks to the
leadership skills and self-confidence
they developed on the fields, tracks
and courts of their youth.
For all of the rewards, however,
there are some risks.
More than 2.6 million children
younger than 19 visit an emergency department each year for
sports-related injuries, according
to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention. Concussions are
some of the most widely publicized
injuries among youth athletes, yet
these are just a small portion-
about 6 percent, the CDC says. The
vast majority are overuse injuries,
such as stress fractures, sprains
and strains.
Just don't be too quick to yank
your kids off the team. Instead, help
them play safely.
"Sports participation is so beneficial for kids of all ages and all
abilities," says Cynthia LaBella,
MD, past chair of the executive
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