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Kids’ sports injuries in the emergency department on the rise
(Reuters Health) - The number of U.S. kids ages five to 18 years old going to the emergency department for sports injuries increased yearly between 2001 and 2013, according to a new study.
Three quarters of all injuries that required emergency treatment were linked to four sports: football, soccer, baseball and basketball – although the proportion tied to baseball and basketball dropped over the study period.
“Parents and coaches should seek out good sports medicine doctors to educate families, coaches, and athletes as to safe playing conditions and safe sports techniques,” Dr. Andrew W. Gottschalk, a sports medicine expert at Ochsner Health System said. “The best treatment of injury is preventing the injury in the first place.”
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