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AAP Offers Advice for Kids' Sports Safety


As kids practice passing in the outdoor summer soccer league, shoot some hoops on the neighborhood court, and perfect their backstroke at the local pool, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) aims to put the upcoming school sports season in safe perspective for parents and their young athletes.

Overuse is to blame for up to half of all injuries seen in pediatric sports medicine, says a new policy statement from the AAP. Caused by repetitive actions that put too much stress on the bones and muscles, overuse injuries can be a real problem because they may affect kids' growing bones.

Some of the most common types of overuse injuries, which may cause pain and swelling during or after playing, include Little League elbow (from throwing), swimmer's shoulder (from the overhead motion of swimming or throwing a ball), and shin splints (from running on a hard surface). And when kids don't give their injured parts enough time to heal, they risk reinjury.

Children and teens who play or practice too much can also experience "burnout" (or overtraining syndrome), says the report, which may cause physical and emotional symptoms like:

* regular joint or muscle pain
* fatigue
* increased resting heart rate
* decreased performance and enthusiasm for training or competing
* problems finishing usual activities
* changes in personality
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