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Knee injuries of children who play sports have increased

Posted On Tue, October 18, 2011

A recent study from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia found that youth knee injuries for those involved in sports have increased substantially over the past 12 years, showing a need for health insurance coverage.

From January 1999 to January 2011, there were a number of children treated for myriad sports-related knee injuries at the hospital. In all, 155 tibial spine fractures were diagnosed, along with 914 ACL tears and 996 meniscus injuries, the study found. This was 1 more spinal fracture that occurred each year, compared to more than 10 more ligament injuries each year.

"Many people in sports medicine have assumed that these knee injuries have increased in recent years among children," said Dr. J. Todd Lawrence, orthopaedic surgeon at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and primary investigator of this study. "Our study confirmed our hypothesis that, at least at our large academic pediatric hospital, knee injuries are an ever-growing problem for children and adolescents involved in sports."

If a child plays sports, it may be a smart idea that they have sufficient health insurance, as this will be very important if an unfortunate injury occurs.

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