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Effort To Keep Young Athletes From Getting Hurt

Courtney Zieller

Baseball, gymnastics and volleyball are just a few sports ranked as having the highest risk for injuries among young athletes. The "Stop Sports Injuries Campaign" is a new nationwide effort to raise awareness about the problem. A KELOLAND doctor says doing too much is taking a toll on young athletes.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says high school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injures every year and it's no different in South Dakota.

Dr. Michael Bergeron sees his share of injured athletes every year. He says some are getting hurt because they're overdoing it, which is possible even at a young age. That's because many teenagers are competing year-round in different sports and they games and practices continue though the weekends.

"The problem comes, as you might imagine, with doing too much, too soon and too often. Sports have become very competitive, parents are very enthusiastic about having their kids being the next champion and consequentially, they're doing a lot more a lot earlier," Bergeron said.

Bergeron says rest and recovery are just as important for young athletes as training and development.

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