I’m a nervous mom. I don’t want my kid taking up figure skating, ice hockey, or even field hockey.
But I was surprised to find out the top sport for sending kids to the emergency room—according to a Loyola University Study based on 2005 data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission—is basketball.
Turns out, kids who play basketball at school or even in the driveway are at risk of the same knee injuries that derail NBA careers. The good news is most injuries can be prevented with proper training and supervision. And catastrophic injuries in kids’ sports—think little Bonnie on her pony in Gone With the Wind—are extremely rare.
There are other surprises on Loyola’s top ten list besides basketball and even more shocking, some sports that are traditionally considered dangerous (hockey, anyone?) are notably absent from the list.
More than half a million kids went to the ER in just one year with injuries sustained playing hoops. Damage to the anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is a common injury and any sport involving twisting, jumping, pivoting, squatting, or making sudden stops puts kids at risk. Proper coaching is a must.
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