Playing sports and exercising is a fun way to stay healthy and fit. However, the physical demands of playing a sport or beginning a new exercise program may have an opposite effect – it can put one’s health at risk. From young children starting little league to adults training to run a marathon, anyone starting a new training program should first undergo a sports physical to ensure they are in physical condition to start pushing their bodies to the limits.
Did you know…40 percent of all sports-related injuries occur in children ages 5 to 14? An estimated 30 million children ages 14 and under play sports in the U.S. every year, of which more than 3.5 million are injured. The most common injuries are sprains and strains, which can put a player out for several games. It is always the children who are just starting a new sport or training schedule that is at the greatest risk of developing an injury.