Phil Hossler: Athletic trainers are at the forefront of sport safety initiatives

April is Youth Sports Safety month, and more than 38 million U.S. children and adolescents participate in sports each year.

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. households with school-aged children have at least one child playing organized sports so there is a tremendous opportunity for healthy outcomes, but also for injury potential.

There is an inherent risk of injury in sports participation. And while injury cannot be eliminated it should be minimized, because children’s and teens’ bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments are still growing, making them more susceptible to injury.

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