Playing sports in middle school or high school can have so many positive benefits. There’s the physical benefits of being an athlete, but then there are all of the character-building values that come with being on a team: boosting self-esteem, learning how to be a team player, handling losses while being a good sport, the value of hard work and discipline, and more.
Of all the players on a baseball field, pitchers tend to be more susceptible to upper body injuries. The immense pressure of the repetitive throwing motion can wreak havoc on their elbows and shoulders. And as competition increases it’s no surprise that pitching injuries are on the rise—as pitchers are throwing harder, faster, and younger than ever before.
At the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and a full count, all eyes are on the pitcher. Will they make a winning pitch? If they’ve been overusing their pitching arm, not getting enough rest, or using a radar gun, they may not be able to perform at the top of their game. Pitching injuries are on the rise in young athletes, and the best treatment for shoulder and elbow injuries is prevention.
Odds are if you’re a baseball fan, you likely have a favorite pitcher. Watching a pitcher wind up, check the bases, and hurtle a ball toward home plate can be captivating. And if you’re the one pitching, it can feel even more exhilarating.
Track and field. Football. Baseball. Swimming. Volleyball. Basketball. Sports are some of the time-honored pastimes of youth. They give children something fun to do outside of school, help them build confidence, teach them about teamwork and encourage them to build a network of friends.
Playing a sport can be so fulfilling — physically and mentally — but they also come with a risk of injury. Even if you take care to prevent injuries on the court, field, track or otherwise, unexpected events can occur.
Overuse injuries might sound like something only professional athletes get, but they can affect anyone who plays sports, including youth.
Concussions are a serious injury, especially when they affect someone with a developing brain. That's why those who experience youth concussions should be cared for properly and given time to heal. If you suspect your child has a concussion or another sports injury, an orthopedic specialist can help with diagnosing their condition.
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Anyone who follows professional sports is likely already aware of the most common football injuries: concussion, injuries to the knee and shoulder, and injuries related to heat and overuse.
While football injures more young athletes than any other sport, it can be played safely with the right conditioning and equipment.
Here’s a brief overview of the most common football injuries and how to prevent and treat them.