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Many children participate in organized youth sports. In the United States, it is estimated that 44 million children participate in at least 1 sports team. There are many benefits to children from participating in sports, including learning about fitness, teamwork, and discipline. Parents and coaches can work together to help encourage children to enjoy sports safely.
Your pediatrician can assess your child's developmental readiness to participate in an organized sport, as well as provide medical screening prior to starting the sport.
To find this and other Advice for Patients articles, go to the Advice for Patients link on the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine Web site at http://www.archpediatrics.com.
Moreno MA, Furtner F, Rivara FP. Children and Organized Sports. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(4):376. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.31
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