Tips For Protecting Child Athletes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/27/05

Tips For Protecting Child Athletes

12-year-old Taylor Kirk is a gymnast who's already had more injuries than most adults, including several stress fractures and even a pulled stomach muscle. Doctors say Taylor's story is becoming more common, as child athletes push harder and get hurt more.

"They didn't really know what was going on, so I just kept going to gymnastics, doing my regular stuff, and eventually the muscle tore and it bled and the muscle went into a knot. And they had to like, cut it all out," says Kirk.

"It means that kids are exerting themselves a little too much and their body's not having sufficient time to recover," says Dr. Holly Benjamin, pediatric sports medicine.

Dr. Benjamin says make sure your child gets personal instruction to learn the proper technique in any sport. She also says good nutrition and overall fitness make a difference in protecting kids from injury.

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