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It is well-known that daily physical activity supports a healthy lifestyle. One method for obtaining the recommended daily 60 minutes or more of vigorous physical activity for youth is sports participation, formal or informal.
Although the numbers have been increasing steadily over time, (1) approximately 60 million youth (age 6–18 years) are involved in some form of athletics (2) and approximately 44 million youth are in more than 1 sport. (2) In addition to the increased overall participation, the intensity of youth athletics has also increased. (1) Youth participants are younger than ever before, (1) and there are increased opportunities to participate in sports simultaneously. (1)(2) All of these issues have also created the opportunity for increased sports injuries in youth participants.
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