With sports leagues only increasing in competitiveness and popularity each year, children are entering leagues at a very young age to try to get ahead of their peers.
This early entry results in a higher acquisition of skills, but it can also result in a higher risk of injury.
An article by NOLA details how young athletes are at a higher risk of injury than their non-athlete peers and how coaches and parents play an instrumental role in minimizing this risk.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Those famous words spoken by Benjamin Franklin in 1736 referred to fire prevention, but in 2022, there’s another issue threatening the country.
According to world-renowned sports orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, more than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports injuries each year. It’s a number that began to rise in 2000 and has reached an alarming rate.
“Sports medicine is all about putting Humpty Dumpty back together again, and we’ve neglected prevention, especially in youth sports,” Andrews said. “I want to change that. When you first start in medicine, you’re mostly overwhelmed with making a diagnosis and treating people. As you mature and you get a little older, you start thinking about ‘Why am I letting these people get hurt in the first place?’ ”
Andrews shared his efforts to improve injury prevention during a panel discussion at Ochsner Sports Medicine in Covington on Sept. 14. Ochsner recently announced a five-year partnership to create The Ochsner Andrews Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Since March, Andrews has participated in educational, research and professional development initiatives while continuing to advocate to prevent youth sports injuries.
Fontainebleau High athletic director and girls’ basketball coach Elicia Ocmond said specialization in youth sports has grown exponentially.”
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This dilemma in the world of youth sports emphasizes a sentiment that pervades throughout many aspects of our society: more is not always better, and preparedness can make a world of difference.
In a competitively charged world, many kids and their parents feel pressure to push beyond their athletic limits, hoping this will land them in a better position for a scholarship down the road.
Even with the best of intentions, this can often put the child at risk for an injury, halting their progress and putting their health at risk.
This article shines a light on the adults involved in the mix: parents and coaches. These individuals possess the knowledge to prevent these injuries, and they need to begin applying it.
In many ways, this prevention and hierarchical structure of youth sports injuries is reminiscent of business.
Those with knowledge in your business need to educate others, and this will help everyone in your business minimize risk and be more prepared for future obstacles.
Additionally, the analogy applies to the hasty approach that often places kids in danger.
Slow and steady wins the race, for both youth sports and business.
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