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The achievement culture problem in our country

From the 8 August 2011 posting by CLAIRE MCCARTHY, MD at KevinMD.com

My friend Nancy went for physical therapy for her back pain the other day, and was really surprised by what she saw there: the place was full of kids.

“Yeah, it’s like this now,” said the therapist when Nancy asked about it. “It’s the sports.”

It’s not that kids are getting clumsier or having more accidents. The injuries that are sending kids to physical therapy are overuse injuries. Kids these days are specializing in a sport as early as elementary school, and spending many more hours a week in practice than we ever did as kids—and we’re seeing the consequences.

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August 8, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Public Health | , ,

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