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UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh reports that sports- and bicycle-related injuries are on the rise among children ages 10-14. Part of this surge is an overall increase in sports participation.
Additionally, as children gain independence during this stage they take greater risks, often unknowingly, while at the same time parents often reduce their oversight.
National and regional injury statistics speak to the significance of this issue.
Sources: Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, SAFE Kids Campaign, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
One in three children who participates in organized sports has been injured; however, most of the 3.5 million sports injuries among children age 14 and under each year occur during informal sports activities. This is likely because the safety gear and injury prevention measures in place during organized activities are absent in informal settings.
As sports participation grows, so have sports and recreation injuries.
In the Pittsburgh region bicycle injuries occur most among children ages 9-14. The vast majority of these injuries occur among children not wearing a helmet.
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UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
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