Family First: Kid Sports Injuries

By: Sarah Carlson
By: Sarah Carlson

It's that time of year again when your kids are getting ready for all kinds of outdoor sports.
But if your athlete doesn't prepare they may end up side-lined or even in the operating room.

We're talking pulled muscles, torn ligaments and other injuries that experts at U-W Health sports medicine are warning parents about as the weather warms up.

Soccer is responsible for the greatest number of injuries to high-school players most to the legs and knees.
The most common, a torn ACL, takes up to six months to recover from!
In baseball, an athlete with an injury from throwing the ball may need more rehab than you realize.
They see a lot of torn elbow tendons there.
Finally, in track and field, sprinters are candidates for pulled quads, hamstrings or hip flexor muscles.
The good news? These things are avoidable.
First, local experts tell parents *please* find a time for your kids to rest.
If you do anything 12 months out of the year, you're more prone to injury.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, athletes who play no winter sports are at a higher risk, too.
Strength training can make a huge difference.

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