PHOENIX – Tens of millions of children and teens participate in organized sports, and more than 3.5 million sports injuries occur every year.
Fortunately, most injuries that occur with children are not serious and will not need surgery, according to several Mayo Clinic sports medicine experts. In fact, all of these injuries are avoidable. “Listen to your body,” says Anikar Chhabra, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and the director of Sports Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. “If patients are hurting and they’re having injuries, you have to get early treatment to make sure that this doesn’t become a longstanding problem.” While the injuries typically vary from gender and age groups, he says the most common sports injuries are:
Shoulder or knee dislocation: