Youth sports are back, doctors already seeing injuries

Experts say kids need to ease in gradually to avoid injury

Megan Lynch
July 01, 2020 - 8:45 am

ST. LOUIS, MO (KMOX) -  Experts are warning young players to take it easy when they first get back in the game after the coronavirus break.

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Because yes you are going to have had some degree of de-conditioning and not so much a loss of skills, but loss of being able to play at that level of whetever the sport was that they were doing," explains Paul Jenkins, Coordinator for St. Louis Children's Hospital Young Athlete Center. 

Jenkins says colleagues have already seen injuries in kids who just returned to play.   "They need to start off with a gradual conditioning phase and then work on a little bit of skills assessment before they jump into fully going back to competitive play."

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