The largest and most vulnerable population of recreational athletes is aged 14 and younger with an estimated 30 million participants. Unfortunately, injuries to youth athletes are often misunderstood or underplayed, leading to lasting repercussions to health and athleticism.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than 3.5 million youth sports injuries occur each year. With an estimated 60,000 coaches of recreational sports in Alabama alone, it’s becoming increasingly crucial to educate and train coaches on the warning signs of youth sports injuries for prevention and treatment.
The good news: The CDC also notes that 50 percent of these injuries are preventable.
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