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Teens, Sports, and Injuries


You’ve heard the horror stories. Just last month, more than a dozen high school football players in Oregon ended up in an emergency room (three needed surgery) after doing too many push-ups and “chair dips” in a hot workout room.

Football isn’t the only culprit. The number of young athletes treated for concussions in hospital emergency rooms has doubled in a decade, with a Pediatrics study finding the highest concussion rates among 12- to 17-year-olds in ice hockey, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. Later this week the American College of Sports Medicine will host a congressional briefing on youth sports and concussion. more

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