Children who play one sport intensively at risk of injury

(CBS42)
(CBS42)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366669893&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4027647&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366669893 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — More and more children are playing competitive sports. As such, more and more young athletes are suffering from overuse injuries.

New research shows that those who are most at risk tend to specialize intensively in one sport.

Researchers at Loyola University studied more than 1,200 patients between the ages of 8 and 18.

They found that young athletes who train intensively in one sport are more likely to suffer stress fractures and other serious overuse injuries.

“This injury usually occurs when a person has been doing the same activity over and over again for a period for 9 to 12 months,”Dr. Jason Baynes of Englewood Hospital said.

Experts say children and teenagers are more prone to getting hurt while playing sports because their bodies are still growing and are not able to tolerate physical stress.

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