Youth Sports — Common Injuries and Prevention

March 13, 2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school athletes suffer two million injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.

Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Trauma – Such as concussion, sprains and strains and other injury to ligaments, muscles and tendons.
  • Repetitive Motion / Overuse – Often seen in the form of stress fractures, tendinitis, and joint-related conditions.
  • Growth Plate – Growth plates are developing tissues located at the end of certain bones in growing children. These bones include long bones of the hands and fingers, forearms, upper and the lower legs and also the feet.
  • Heat Illnesses – This includes dehydration, heat exhaustion and the very dangerous, sometimes fatal, heat stroke.

Injury and Prevention by Sport:

See below the most common injuries in six popular sports, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) along with tips sheets for injury prevention by sport.


Track and Field


Baseball  / Softball



Stay safe out there and keep the kids well conditioned. For a general resource on sport injury prevention see this tip sheet from the American Academy of Pediatrics. And if your young athlete sustains an injury, please feel free to call us at 440.329.2800 for a consultation.




Entry Filed under: Sports Medicine,Strains and Sprains. Posted in  Sports Medicine ,Strains and Sprains .

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