On the bright side, injuries related to bicycling and trampoline use have probably decreased because of better safety, and not just because kids are doing less of it, Parikh said.
A big reason for the decrease in total injuries related to bicycling is probably because of fewer head injuries, Parikh said. "More kids may be using helmets and there is more adult supervision and protective gear," he added.
Parikh attributed improved safety partly to policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations, which could have increased efforts among physicians to make parents and coaches more aware of how to prevent injuries.
Franklin said she is hopeful that the STOP Sports Injuries campaign and website from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for parents, coaches and doctors will help as well.
Data and conclusions from studies presented at medical meetings are considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
To learn more about sports injuries in kids, visit the STOP Sports Injuries website.
SOURCES: Shital Parikh, M.D., associate professor, department of pediatric surgery, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; Corinna Franklin, M.D., pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Boston; March 19, 2013, presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons annual meeting, Chicago
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