Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Sports Safety Topics



Traumatic brain injuries account for 21 percent of all injuries associated with participation in sports and recreational activities among children in the U.S

Preventing skin infections in athletes

Skin infections are a leading cause of missed competition and account for nearly 10 percent of high school sports-related health conditions or injuries in athletes. The number jumps to 20 percent for college-level athletes.

Overuse injuries

Over-training among young athletes is a growing problem in the U.S. Nearly half of all sports-related injuries to middle and high school student athletes are a result of overuse.

ACL injury prevention (anterior cruciate ligament)

The ACL is espcieally crucial in sports where it provides stability during stop/go/pivot motions.

Hamstring injury prevention

The Nordic hamstring exercise is easy to accomplish and shows convincing promise for preventing hamstring injury in all running and cutting sports.


Athletes as young as middle school are indicating the use of supplements. Vanderbilt pediatric sports medicine experts share information on the prevalence of supplement use, the potential risks for use, as well as tips for parents when a young athlete has shown an interest in supplements.

Physical health

Exercise-induced asthma and skin infections can hamper your child's activity.

Environment of play

Irregular, uneven surfaces, and weather-related events pose serious injury risks.

Heat illness

Heat illness is a spectrum of illness caused by over-exertion in moderate to high temperatures and humidity. The three most common types of heat injury are heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Mental health and hazing

Bullying and teasing can have a damaging impact on the esteem of young athletes.

Protective equipment

Appropriate protective equipment may be effective at preventing specific injuries with proper use.

Find your sport

Learn what you can do to make sure your child is safe while playing their sport.

Develop an emergency action plan

An emergency action plan helps programs and facilities handle emergency situations at practices or games. All programs and facilities should develop an emergency action plan and make sure that it is put in writing. Being prepared is crucial in order to respond to unexpected emergencies.

Last Edited: December 15, 2016
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