COST OF CHILDHOOD SPORTS INJURIES

Questions About Health Care Reform, CNN

comment: Micheal B. Minix, Sr., M.D.

For every dollar spent on prevention we save 10 dollars in the US.

According to the American Medical Association (AMA), 12 million student athletes, ages 5 to 22, suffer sports or recreational injuries each year. One estimate of the medical cost of childhood sports injuries from 28 different sports through age 14 was in excess of $365 billion in 1997. How many dollars will it also cost for the care of adult disabilities that result from childhood athlete injuries that were preventable?

J Pediatrics. Sports Injuries: An Important Cause of Morbidity in Urban Youth Concluded that 90% of Youth Sports Injuries were Preventable.

The Public Health Model for Athlete Welfare Reform:
1.must improve injury surveillance
2.equipment maintenance
3.environments and facilities
4.regulation of coaches supervision and officials and their qualifications

Yet, No Governmental Official or the US Department of Health and Human Services have addressed the issue of Child Athlete Injury Reform as a means of reducing our Health Care Burden and costs.

We are only addressing the payment for Health Care Reform and not the reductions in the costs. Athlete Injury is an enormous cost to the US.

Let us fully fund and create Prevent Child Athlete Endangerment, Injury and Abuse. Then we will save billions of US dollars.

[Questions About Health Care Reform, CNN, comment by Micheal B. Minix, Sr., M.D. July 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm]

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