More kids in sports could lead to more urgent care injuries

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

ARDMORE, OK -- Even with the popularity of modern technology, kids still enjoy playing outside and even more kids are joining organized sports. According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 30 million kids play sports in the U.S. And with this increase comes an increase in sports-related injuries. For this Mom's Everyday Health segment, we discuss just how common youth sports injuries are and some urgent care options to treat them.

Children can be very active whether playing outside or, especially while competing in sports. Although high school athletes make up the bulk of sports-related injuries each year, children ages 5 to 14 still make up nearly 40 percent. The number injuries in that age group vary by sport with football being at the top, followed by baseball, soccer, basketball and softball.

As your child's age increases, so does the rate and severity of the wounds. Nearly half of all sports injuries in middle and high school students are from muscle overuse but more than half are preventable. Although most accidents happen during practice, one out of three parents don't have their kids take the same safety precautions as they would during a game.

In addition, sports and recreational activities account for 21 percent of all traumatic brain injuries among U.S. kids. By age 13, 70 percent of kids drop out of sports but for those that don't, Dawn McGuire of the Urgent Care Center of Ardmore says concussion assessment is among the many services offered at their center.

“As a mom, you know we're always concerned about injuries so if there is an injury in sports like swelling or you think something's wrong then listen to your coach,” said McGuire. “Urgent care is open 8am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 8am to 6pm on Sunday. We can do broken bones, we can do an x-ray, make sure something’s not broken. If it is we can put a cast on. We can do stitches, we take care of sprains, strains…anything like that."

For more information, call the Urgent Care Center of Ardmore at 580-226-7771 or visit
for a more detailed list of the urgent care services offered. No appointment is necessary but parents are asked to bring an insurance card if you have one.

908 N. Rockford Rd.
Ardmore, OK 73401

For more information on youth sports-related injury statistics, visit the Center for Disease Control website at and for stories like this and more visit

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