According to www.health.gov, participating in sports delivers myriad health, social, academic and even employment benefits. These advantages don’t come without some risk, however. More than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. High school-age athletes add 2 million injuries – half a million of them requiring doctor visits and 30,000 requiring hospital stays. The CDC says more than half of these injuries are preventable. Facial trauma is one category of injury. Maxillofacial injuries include any injury to the mouth, face and jaw.
Recently, an increased level of concern has generated a groundswell of action among parents and youth sports organizations to take every possible precaution when it comes to protecting young athletes from concussion, fractures, overuse injuries, and muscle or ligament tears and sprains. With cooperation among coaches, officials, parents and young athletes themselves, strategies for safe play can be developed and implemented. Continue reading