By: Brandon S.
Synopsis and background
Sports injuries have become more common in today's sports crazed world. Studies by the Apsen Project, an organization focused on getting the youth into sports, show that kids and young adults have 39.8% participating n one of the 6 regular officiated sports. Along with this has brought up the concern of increased injury due to over stress as a kid/teenager that leads on into college and professional level. This has caused ABC's segment of sports on injuries, covering recent children suffering the case of ACL tears. Increased amounts of activity and practice, some experts say, may be the reason as to why these are occurring.
Statistics on sports injuries
In studies done my Stanford medical school, they have collected data in staggering figures in terms of sports injuries in today’s society. Around 3.5 million children 14 and under got hurt on an average of once per year playing in sports or other organized activities. This figure was also confirmed by outlets of ESPN and the Aspen foundation on sports participation. Also, around 750,000 were sent to the emergency room for sports related injuries on average each year for ages 14 and under. This number covers all the major sports, with football, soccer, and baseball as the leading sports in this category.
Also, a concept finally getting data to back it up is the statement that girls are more likely to get injured than boys. The answer is very ambiguous as it really depends on the circumstance and events leading up to the injury. Stated in the segment by ABC and confirmed by the Washingtonian post is that females are more likely to get ACL tears, at a rate of 6 times more than males, due to different hip alignment and muscle structure. However, this does not correlate with all injuries and more research must be done to fully analyze the question in its broad context
How to solve the problem: Proper Warm-Up Exercises
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Romero, M. (2012, July 23). Why Women Are More Likely to Get Injured. Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/wellbeing/fitness/why-women-are-more-likely-to-get-injured.php
Sports Injury Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2015, from http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=sports-injury-statistics-90-P02787