Alas, football season is upon us, and if you live in Texas, you know high school football is just as popular as the NFL. Young boys in Texas are practically pre-destined to play this impact sport. Some are destined for greatness (Johnny Football anyone?), while others have their go in middle school and slowly fail out of the sport. However, as sports continue to increase in aggressiveness, children are continuing to risk their health for it.
My cousin for example, is a tall, lanky, 12 year old, who is having his first try at 7th grade football. He was giving it his all: refusing to miss practice, practicing at home–then, BAM!–some massive child took a cheap sack at him, which resulted in a torn meniscus. Poor kid, a torn meniscus at 12 years old. Are competitive sports really worth it when young children are subject to such serious injury? Today’s infographic gives some stats on youth sports injuries and how your child can avoid them. Check it out to see what sports have the most injuries, and to learn some preventative practices to keep your child injury free! [via]