Adolescence comes with a one-time window for building strong bones - bones that will stay stronger into adulthood and beyond. That’s why it’s so important for young teens to "build their bone banks" with weight-bearing exercise and a diet rich in calcium.
Keeping children healthy takes a lot of work. Many of the things that keep children healthy in general - like proper nutrition, exercise, and enough sleep - are also good for their knees. There are lots of things you can do help your kids - and their knees - stay healthy and injury-free.
Too many kids today do not get enough exercise, making them vulnerable to future health problems. On the other end of the spectrum, many children are very involved in sports and are at risk for serious injuries that can cause lifelong problems. Learn more about what you can do as a parent to find a healthy balance for your children.
Children are at a greater risk for sports injuries today than in the past. This is in large part due to kids becoming "one-sport athletes" early on. This promotes repetitive overuse of the same muscles and joints, which can lead to injury.
To stop this increase in injuries, parents, coaches, and the athletes themselves must be educated in ways to prevent them.
Children’s injuries often occur when they’re being active and doing things they enjoy. Teaching children good safety habits - such as always wearing a helmet or other protective gear - can help keep them injury-free while at play.