Insights Into Kids’ Sports Injuries

A new Safe Kids Worldwide survey, which is a nonprofit working to prevent childhood injury, revealed alarming information about youth sports injuries:

  • Nine out of 10 athletes say they have been injured playing a sport, and 54 percent say they have played with an injury such as a sprain or even a broken bone.
  • Approximately 42 percent of players reported they have hidden or downplayed an injury during a game so they could keep playing, and 62 percent said they know someone else who has done so.
  • Only 27 percent of coaches reported a player having hidden or downplayed an injury. More than half of athletes reported playing while injured.