Hidden demographics of youth sports - ESPN The Magazine
ESPN took time to put some light on ALL youth sports. Kids get hurt playing sports/activities which is a risk however, childhood obesity is an awful alternative. - Truckee Pop Warner
(If you want the CLIFF NOTES: a HIGHER percentage of concussion happen in kids playing: soccer, baseball, hockey, ice skating, ATV/Dirt Bike and the MOST dangerous is from horseback riding)
Below is an excerptbut the full article can be found at the URL.
In ESPN The Magazine, Bruce Kelley and Carl Carchia look at the hidden demographics of youth sports.
The No. 1 fear of sports parents is seeing their child injured on the field. And due to the United States' growing population and sports participation, that's now more common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 2.7 million kids under 20 were treated for "sports and recreation" injuries from 2001 to 2009. Reports of head injuries are especially on the rise. From 2001 to 2009, emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) among children under 19 rose 62 percent. And football concussions reported among 10- to 14-year-olds more than doubled from 4,138 in 2000 to 10,759 in 2010, according to the CDC.
Yet looking closely at the CDC's traumatic brain injury data, which includes concussions, puts football in context. More kids go to emergency rooms with TBIs from biking accidents than from football hits, and the percentage of ER visits for TBIs in football (7.2 percent) was lower than in a bunch of sports, including soccer, baseball, hockey of all types, ice skating, ATV and dirt-bike riding and, most dangerous, horseback riding, where an ER visit is twice as likely to involve a brain injury than in football.
Long-term, the nation's biggest health concern remains obesity. And despite all the youth leagues, the waistlines of America's children are growing. According to the latest CDC numbers, 16.9 percent of kids were obese in 2009-10, almost triple the rate of 1980. According to the CDC, overweight children have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight adults. By 2030, the CDC predicts that 42 percent of all American adults will be obese.
Clearly, all the time that kids spend competing -- and that their parents spend urging them on -- hasn't forestalled the epidemic. It can't help that for every extra hour kids who love to compete spend in uniform, they spend many more hours staring at a screen. In 2009, children spent more than 7 1/2 hours in front of some sort of media, from handheld devices to iPods to computers or TVs, according to the Kaiser Foundation.
For that and many other reasons, the transition from adolescence to early adulthood -- from the time when the bulk of kids compete in sports to the time when most don't -- takes a measurable toll. Every year closer to age 18 our kids get, fewer of them are as physically active as they should be.
Former Sparks Pop Warner Athlete
Former Pop Warner Athlete Parker Houston.
"Parker started Sparks Pop Warner at 7 years old and has loved the game ever since. It's great coaches and programs like this that support our kids to reach their dreams!!!" - Kristy Houston (Mom)