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Based on 2016 statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations, there are almost 8 million high school students participating in athletics across the country. Every year — for 27 consecutive years — that number rises considerably.
Unfortunately, about 2 million of these students incur an injury. The most common sites of injury are the head, knee, foot/ankle, shoulder and elbow. Can sport injuries be prevented in our teen athletes? There are certainly ways to reduce the risk.
One way is to have your teen meet with a fitness professional who is armed with the proper knowledge and tools to help. The goals of many fitness programs for athletes are to improve functional movement, enhance performance, heighten body awareness, and reduce the risk of injury during practice and play.
As a personal trainer who works with athletes of all types, my job is to provide a safe and effective program that will benefit the athlete. Here are two things to keep in mind when choosing a fitness program for your teen athlete:
Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness creates and administers specialized programming for both individuals and teams to help reduce the risk of athletic injuries. We offer:
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