Warmer weather leads to increase in child sports injuries

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Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes an increase in sports-related injuries. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, over 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports. Among these children, there are over 3.5 million injuries this year, some of which can be serious or even deadly.

Studies have found that each year, more than 700,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to sports-related injuries. A majority of these injuries are the results of falls, being struck by an object such as a stick, puck or ball, collisions, and even overexertion.

Most of the injuries are minor, however, and often consist of common sprains and strains. Some, however, are more serious injuries, including spinal injuries or brain injuries. According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, brain injuries are the most deadly, which is alarming because approximately 21 percent of traumatic injuries are in fact brain injuries. Nearly 50 percent of head injuries are due to activities such as biking, skating incidents, and skateboarding. Other common sports involving head injuries are team sports with high contact, such as football, hockey or lacrosse.

A majority of children and teens are not full-time workers, and due to their age, they do not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance. Depending on the severity of the disabling injury and potential long-term or lifetime medical expenses and care, children may qualify for Supplemental Security Income. Although Supplemental Security Income is not intended to pay for all of a child’s medical costs, it may help the family tread through financial difficulties due to a long-term injury to a child.

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine, “Sports Injuries Statistics,” Accessed on June 14, 2016

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