Sports Injuries in Youth

Sports for youth have become far more competitive than they were in the past. Daniel Gould, PhD director of the Institute for the Study of Sports at Michigan State University states “What we’re seeing is the professionalization of youth sports”. What he means is that youth sports have taken on a more professional organizational style and competitive edge. As a result, sports teams/clubs can be seen actively scouting and recruiting athletes as well as asking for individual contractual commitments to that organization. The intensity and pressure to win has pushed coaches, trainers and organizations to train young athletes harder, farther and faster both mentally and physically. The results are an increase in the number of sports injuries that require hospital based emergency treatment.

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