Playing Sports for Fun Reduces Chance of Injury

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Playing in the occasional pickup basketball game or sandlot ballgame could be an excellent way for young athletes to avoid injuries.


Sports medicine specialist Dr. Neeru Jayanthi and his colleagues at Loyola University found that young tennis players who don’t engage in other sports or games are much more likely to suffer an injury than young tennis players who occasionally do something beyond the court.


“Our world today of young-person athletics is more organized sports, practice, practice and compete,” said Jayanthi. “We already know that there’s a reversal in how kids are participating in sports, with double the amount of time in organized sport versus playing for fun on their...

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