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Elizabeth Quinn

Youth Sports - Kids Who Specialize Risk Adult-Sized Injuries

By September 4, 2008

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It's not uncommon for kids to get hurt playing sports. Cuts and scraps are a pretty typical rite of passage from child to adolescent. In fact, not many kids make it our of childhood without at least one or two stitches. But what about kids developing chronic sports injuries such as tendonitis, stress fractures, ACL injuries and other repetitive stress injuries? That's pretty uncommon, right? Wrong.

Today more and more kids are showing up in doctor's offices with overuse injuries.

The New York Times reports and many experts agree that this increase is due to the fact that more young athletes are specializing in one sport at an early age and training year-round.

All these injuries can be linked to overuse doing too much, too often.

What can kids and parents do? You can help reduce such injuries by:

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