The upcoming long weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, and that means youth fall sports season will be ramping up.
As parents, we realize that sports are a way of life for our kids, but we also have to be aware that injuries come with the participation in all sports. A new study just released by Safe Kids Worldwide proved just that.
1.35 million children, (that's one every 25 seconds!) sustain an injury serious enough that they must head to the ER. Holy smokes!
The most common injuries that plagued children were strains and sprains, followed by fractures, bruises and scrapes.
According to the report, one large area of concern were the number of children that sustained concussions: 163,000 to be exact. That comes out to one child getting a concussion every 3 minutes. Concussions are more serious in children because the younger a child is when they sustain a concussion, the longer they take to recover from it.
One other finding in the report that caught my eye, were that girls are 8 times more likely to sustain an ACL injury than boys. As a father of two girls who particpate in sports, that statistic surprised me. As my girls get older it will be imperative that I teach them sport injury prevention and education.
So, if you are in the unfortunate situation of a weekend at the emergency room with your pint-sized soccer star, be grateful that you have access to all of their health information on your smartphone. Medications, past medical history, allergies, are all stored and easily shared with CareSync.
To read more about the study, please visit safekids.org. And happy (unofficial) autumn!