Sunday, March 2, 2008

High Contact Sport? Definitely

The lead article in this month's edition of Pediatrics In Review discusses how to manage sports injuries in the pediatric office.

On the second page of the article, the author lists common sports characterized by level of contact. The High-Contact Sports are:
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Martial Arts
  • Rugby

Medium-contact sports include baseball, fencing, cheerleading, skiing, and volleyball while Noncontact sports include running, swimming, tennis, and weight training.

If any of you still think of basketball as primarily a finesse sport, now is the time to join the rest of us in the 21st century.

The physical nature of the game, for both genders and at all levels, continues to increase. Basketball continues to be the sport that sends the most people to the emergency room. Please keep this in mind when you consider spending time on equipment or interventions for injury reduction and performance enhancement.

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