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Common sports injuries

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Students play many sports.  They play baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey, participation is on the rise.  Some kids play for school as well as other teams.  Some even play all year round!

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, “High School athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.”   Some common sports injuries are:  ACL tear, groin pulls, sprained ankle, hamstring strain, shin splints, knee injuries and tennis elbow.

Student athletes can avoid some injuries by ducking down to not get hit with a ball.  Steven Berry, Activity Director at Lafayette High School feels that students could avoid some injuries by following three rules.  The first one is do not specialize in a sport at a young age. Second, athletes should always warm up and stretch before and after a game or practice.  Third, athletes should get proper treatment for an injury and not return too quickly to the sport

Nick got  a Sprained ankle during a baseball game. “It was a pretty bad one. I was out for several games.” He had to wear a brace, but he hasn’t had any problems with the ankle since.

 

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