The largest and most vulnerable population of recreational athletes is aged 14 and younger with nearly 60 million estimated athletes — and growing. Unfortunately, injuries to youth athletes are often misunderstood or underplayed, leading to lasting repercussions to health and athleticism.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 4 million youth sports injuries occur each year. With nearly 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 injury for prevention and treatment.
The CDC also notes that 50% of these injuries are preventable.
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