Health care providers treat about 8,000 kids for sports injuries every day in the emergency department. However, many of these mishaps can be prevented. This chart shows the most commonly hurt parts of the body for 10 activities and ways to make playing safer.
How else can you avoid injuries? “You can emphasize teamwork and positivity, rather than just winning,” says orthopedic surgeon Robert Friedman, MD, with Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute. “You can also ensure children avoid playing when they’re too tired or in pain, and you can get children who are hurt proper rehabilitation to prevent repeat injuries.”