• By Jen O'Hara

Mayo Clinic Radio: Benefits and risks of youth sports

March 8, 2018

Youth baseball pitcher in wind up wearing white jerseyFrom the basketball court to the soccer field, the tennis court to the swimming pool, youth sports can be a great way for kids to be social and active. Kids also can learn the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, perseverance, and respect for authority and rules. According to the Sports & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, 3 out of 4 American households have at least one school-age child participating in youth sports. But youth sports are not without risk. Worries about concussions, overuse injuries and loss of perspective by fans and coaches can make parents question whether youth sports are right for their children.

This week on Mayo Clinic Radio, Dr. Michael Stuart, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center, will break down the benefits and risks of youth sports. Also on the program, Dr. Scott Nyberg, director of the liver program at the Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine, will discuss the latest advances in treating liver disease. And Dr. Amaal Starling, a neurologist at Mayo Clinic, will explain what causes the painful – but short-lived – ice cream headache.

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