Since both of my kids play sports on ice (hockey, figure and synchronized skating), I think about sports injuries often. We have been lucky so far, but there is always more to learn about sports injury prevention. For example, I'd never really thought about which sports are more dangerous for kids' eyes--and hockey is one of them.
One solution is limiting the kinds of sports kids can play. A legislator in New York thinks that we should keep young kids from playing tackle football. He is proposing a ban on contact for kids under 11 years old, whether in school or private leagues. Pop Warner Football has already made rule changes to limit contact and try to reduce the risk of head injuries in young kids.
Looking at the issue from a different angle, a manufacturer of synthetic turf is sponsoring a video contest on sports safety. Middle and high-school students can make a video on the topic of "why safety is as important as winning" for the chance to win $5,000 of sports safety equipment.
Photo: Catherine Holecko