Sports injuries an issue for young athletes

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- I'd venture to say many of you watching have had a child, grandchild, niece or nephew competing on our local fields and courts, but how much is too much for the kids?

Sports injuries from overuse has become a hot topic lately and local doctors are seeing more and more injuries due to a lack of rest in athletes, athletes who are becoming increasingly younger. Former Bearden High pitcher Shawn Deangelo is one such athlete who experienced a torn labrum after two years of pitching at a community college, Deangelo says, I've never been hurt before so i didn't really know what was going on. you have to be careful and look at the warning signs."

University Orthopedic Surgeons group member Dr. Michael Kerns adds, " The key here is listening to your body and when you have a little discomfort, identify what that problem is early on so you aren't making that problem worse."

Dr. Kern says overuse injuries are far less common in multi sport athletes and those that take at least a three month break from intensive sports training each year.