By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
According to the professionals at the Children’s Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, sports related knee injuries in children are on the rise. The overall number of torn meniscus injuries have grown over 400% in the year 2011 compared to the number of meniscus injuries in 1999. Doctors are also seeing and increase in torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) in youths that participate in sports. Doctors are attributing the injury increase to the the fact that many children are playing sports year round. A torn ACL can be a serious injury and may sideline a young athlete for several months. This type of injury can possibly affect the growth of a child.
Many sports injuries are preventable. It is important to be in proper physical condition regardless of the sport you play. Make sure your children understand the rules of the sport they are playing and the follow those rules. Your child should wear properly fitting sports specific protective gear. Warm up and stretching will also help reduce sports injury. Remember, your child should never play when you are experiencing pain. Pain usually is a sign that something is wrong. Make sure your children listen to there bodies. For more information see, Sports injuries- Increase of Knee Injuries in Youth Athletics.