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Martial arts can pose serious dangers for kids

November 28, 2016
in Kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics says it’s safer for kids to stick to non-contact martial arts instead of sparring. Perhaps there’s a black belt in your child’s future. But for safety’s sake, kids should only engage in non-contact forms of martial arts, a new American Academy of Pediatrics report says. About 6.5 million U.S. children practice martial arts such as mixed martial arts, karate, taekwondo and judo. While these popular sports can improve fitness, motor skills and emotional development, they also carry the risk of injury. Certain disciplines are riskier than others, the pediatricians’ group says. “There are so many different types of martial arts for families to consider and enjoy, but such a difference in injury risk between the different non-contact and sparring forms,” report author Dr. Chris...

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