Safe Sports Initiative to Prevent Kids' Injuries

Media Contact: Mary Colliver 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 3, 2010) − With the goal of keeping kids safe while also helping them to stay active through sports, Safe Kids Fayette County, led by Kentucky Children's Hospital, joins Safe Kids USA this season in launching the new Safe Sports initiative. This initiative focuses on four components critical to keeping young athletes healthy and injury-free: preventing acute and overuse injuries, proper hydration before, during and after play, annual pre-season medical screenings for each athlete and finally, concussion awareness, prevention and screening methods.

“More than 30 million children participate in sports each year in the United States,” said Sherri Hannan, coordinator of Safe Kids Fayette County. “Of those 30 million, approximately 3.5 million children under the age of 14 are treated for sports-related injuries in hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms. Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments.”

Here are five important sports safety tips from Safe Kids Fayette County that all coaches, parents and league organizers can use to prevent sports-related injuries.

Since its beginning in 1962, Kentucky Children's Hospital's goal has been to provide the best care for children of Kentucky. Kentucky Children’s Hospital does this through providing high-quality, compassionate, state-of-the-art health care to children and adolescents. To register, go to For more information about the children's hospital, go to Kentucky Children's Hospital or call Aimee Baston at 859-257-1179.