For Immediate Release: April 22, 2010

Contacts: Kristin Milam 919-807-6011

Children 5-14 years old Sustain Nearly 40 Percent of All Sports Injuries

Safe Kids North Carolina provides tips for preventing injuries during Safe Kids Week

RALEIGH -- Children ages 5 to 14 account for nearly 40 percent of all sports-related injuries in this country according to statistics from Safe Kids USA. National Safe Kids Week, April 25-May 1, marks the beginning of "trauma season," and Safe Kids coalitions will hold events statewide to educate kids, parents and caregivers about the best ways to keep kids safe both on and off the court. [See attached list for local event information.]

"More than 30 million kids play sports every year in our country, and on average 3.5 million of these kids are treated for sports-related injuries in hospitals, clinics and emergency rooms annually," said Insurance Commissioner and Safe Kids North Carolina Chair Wayne Goodwin. "As a parent myself, I want to remind other parents in North Carolina that unintentional injuries remain the leading killer of kids; if there's a silver lining to this scary fact, it's that the majority of these injuries and deaths are preventable."

To keep your child safe during their sporting activities, follow these safety tips:

Safe Kids North Carolina reaches out to parents, caregivers and children in 64 counties served by 36 coalitions across the state. Through these coalitions and partnerships, more than six million people have access to Safe Kids North Carolina programming. For more safety tips and information, visit the Safe Kids North Carolina Web site by clicking on this link.

Safe Kids Event Calendar