New guidance on martial arts
Posted 6/1/2017 by UHBlog
Karate, Taekwondo and other martial arts are popular with children. Although these activities provide a good workout for kids, some types also come with increased risk for injury, reports a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Martial arts with the highest injury risk are those that include contact or sparring. The researchers recommend children not participate in competition or contact until they are fully competent in noncontact techniques. They also suggest children avoid martial arts forms that include blows to the head, due to an increased risk of concussion.
Have questions about the safety of your child’s martial arts class or what types to avoid? Ask your pediatrician.