Injury Prevention in Youth Sports

Veigel, Jake D.1; Pleacher, Michael D.2

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e31818f06e7
Special Populations: Section Articles

Sport is the principal cause of injury in children and adolescents. Youth participation in organized athletics is estimated to be 45million in the United States alone. These injuries influence health and fitness and have socioeconomic impact. Many injuries can be prevented. This article outlines the efficacy of current injury prevention strategies in youth sports through the use of educational programs, rule changes in baseball and hockey, safety equipment, and conditioning programs.

1University of Massachusetts Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, Fitchburg, Massachusetts; and 2University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Address for correspondence: Michael D. Pleacher, M.D., UNM School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, MSC10 5590, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001 (E-mail: pleacherm@hotmail.com).

© 2008 American College of Sports Medicine