Fewer Kids Getting Hurt in Most Sports, Study Finds

A new Cincinnati Children’s study shows that while kids’ sports injuries have declined overall over the past decade, injuries are still on the rise for those playing football and soccer.

The study, led by Dr. Shital Parikh, orthopaedic surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s, was presented today at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Researchers reviewed data on injuries resulting from eight activities – bicycling, basketball, football, roller sports (in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards and scooters), playground equipment (monkey bars, swings and slides), baseball/softball, soccer and trampolines for 2000, 2005 and 2010.

“These (outcomes) may reflect the changing pattern of childhood activities in the U.S. as organized sports are encouraged, often at the cost of free play,” said Dr. Parikh. The specific decrease in bicycle, roller sport and trampoline injuries “may reflect the efficacy of preventive programs that focus on helmet use, adult supervision, protective gear and education.”

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