Convention discusses youth health in sports
Experts believe that half of all sports-related injuries can be prevented with communication and common sense. The STOP Injuries event focused on sports injuries on the field and best ways to keep youth healthy during tough athletic matches.
However, many young athletes are used to playing through the pain, which experts say is a major concern. Kids will avoid telling coaches and parents that they injured their head, neck or back in fear they will be taken out of the game and lose a potential scholarship.
"There's a difference between pain and injury," former Jacksonville State University coach Jack Crowe told AL.com. "You don't mess around with pain in the head, or in the back. There's a difference between pushing through things and not being able to function."
Additionally, many common injuries are a result of overusing muscles, which can be prevented with regular stretching and rest.
STOP Sports Injuries is launching a campaign to inform youth and parents of prevention tips, such as waiting until children are older to encourage them to play contact sports like football and advising them not to play through the pain.