YOUTH SPORT SPECIALIZATION & OUR KIDS

YOUTH SPORT SPECIALIZATION & OUR KIDS
  • Feb 3, 2015

IS YOUR CHILD SPECIALIZING?

Youth sports have changed dramatically over the years, with more athletes specializing in one sport from an early age. In a three-part series, The Chronicle explores the impact of specialization on youth sports. Read the entire package of stories at www.sfchronicle.com/sports.

  • 30 million: Children and adolescents who participate in youth sports in the United States

  • 3.5 million: Children under age 14 who receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year

  • 2 million: Injuries sustained annually by U.S. high school athletes

  • 500,000: Annual doctor visits by U.S. high school athletes

  • 30,000: U.S. high school athletes hospitalized each year

  • 50 Percent of all sports injuries to middle school and high school students attributed to overuse

  • 45 Percent of players ages 13 and 14 who will have arm pain during a single youth baseball season

  • 40 Percent of all sports-related injuries (treated in hospitals) sustained by children ages 5 to 14

  • Since 2000, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of serious shoulder and elbow injuries among youth baseball and softball players.

Sources: www.stopsportsinjuries.org and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention