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Do You Let Your Kids Play High Impact Sports? (VIDEO)

My small girl LOVES softball

In my home, I am surrounded by sports.  I’m married to a former sportscaster who plays baseball in a league every week.  I have two small people who play something year-round: Soccer and softball in the Fall, indoor soccer and basketball in the Winter, baseball and softball in the Spring and Summer.

I am about as athletic as I look.  The only sport in which I ever experienced any level of success was swimming.  I can’t catch (I’m afraid of the ball) and my throwing is suspect.  My 8 year old daughter could beat me in a race.

My small people play because they love it.  They get that from their father.

But with all the talk of football and concussions,  the suicide of former NFL players like Junior Seau and children being hurt just playing America’s past-time, you must, as a parent, consider the dangers of any given sport before allowing your child on the field, on the court, or on the diamond.

This week, at a luncheon held at the National Football League headquarters in New York City, Babble Blogger Joslyn Gray listened to NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell and others discuss how important it is that parents are involved in their children’s athletics as well as taking responsibility for ensuring practices are being held in a safe manner.

Joslyn highlights 10 things parents need to know in regards to their children, sports and safety. In the past, she has tackled the issue of kids and football….asking if the sport is worth the risk.

My 6 year old son is asking to play football in the Spring.  I love the game, but can’t help but worry about the dangers.

Today, my husband and I talked about 18 year old Steven Domalewski – a New Jersey teenager who took a line drive off his chest when he was pitching in a baseball game in 2006. Steven went in to cardiac arrest, spent too much time without oxygen despite valiant efforts by parents and bystanders, and now lives with brain damage.

Brain damage.  After a Little League game.

Now, you may be thinking, “this is clearly a rare occurrence”.  Yes and no.  According to LiveStrong, there are 627 THOUSAND injuries every year.  Of those, 117 thousand happen to kids between the ages of 5 and 14. The same site states:

Baseball has the highest rate of death among children of that age group, with three to four deaths per year, according to Cooper University Hospital. The University of North Carolina has been collecting injury statistics and discovered that between 1983 and 2009, 52 high school baseball players suffered direct catastrophic injuries playing baseball. During the same time span, there were 15 indirect deaths during baseball play.

Are these high-intensity sports worth the risk?  Thoughts and discussion in the video.

Have you ever considered telling your child ‘no’ when they wanted to play a sport like baseball or football?

Read more from Danielle on Strollerderby and her personal sites ExtraordinaryMommy and DanielleSmithMedia.

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