Why More Kids Are Getting Hurt

Whenever you have kids running, jumping and throwing things, there is always the potential for skinned knees and maybe a broken bone or two. Over the past few years, however, orthopedic surgeons have begun reporting a disturbing new trend in sports injuries. More and more, they say, they are treating young patients for strains, sprains and stress fractures that arise from overuse of still-developing muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments. In some cases, the damage is permanent, increasing the risk that the kids--some of them as young as 9--will suffer crippling arthritis or require extensive surgery as they get older.

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