Prevention of sports injuries in children

Curr Opin Pediatr. 2002 Dec;14(6):719-22. doi: 10.1097/00008480-200212000-00015.


As children around the world become involved in increasingly competitive and more organized sports activities, the frequency and severity of both acute and overuse injuries continues to rise. Over the past year, several important studies have contributed to our knowledge in the prevention of sports injuries in children. Safety guidelines and protective equipment are crucial to minimizing pediatric recreational injuries. Protective headgear, mouth guards, and wrist and shin guards have all been shown to be effective in preventing injuries. Nutrition and nutritional supplements (eg, creatine) for the pediatric athlete have also received greater attention recently. Combined with appropriate physical activity programs, nutrition is essential in battling the increasing epidemic of childhood obesity. Increased attention has also been directed toward specific injuries and injury rates in the female athlete. Specific training for the female pediatric athlete may have a preventive effect in halting the rising injury rates.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Physical Education and Training
  • Safety
  • Sports*