Gym Class Hazards On The Rise

If you're still harboring a grudge against the guy who snapped you with a towel in the high school locker room, consider the plight of today's students. A study published in the journal Pediatrics found that gym class injuries increased 150% between 1997 and 2007. The analysis of 405,305 children treated for PE class injuries revealed that 52% occurred in middle school. Girls mostly suffered pulls and strains while boys were more likely to collide with other people or objects.

The Bigger Picture: These numbers can't be explained by increased participation in gym class. The slight gains made during the past few years come after decades of decreases. Researchers theorized that more kids are getting hurt due to inactivity during their younger years. Getting children involved in gymnastics or martial arts when they're as young as 2 or 3 helps them develop balance and body awareness, which is vital when they start to play team sports later in adolescence.
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