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Organized sports account for some 3.5 million youth injuries each year, according to Boston Children’s Hospital. A study by the Centers for Disease Control shows that youths aged 5 to 18 made up nearly 60 percent of all people treated for sports-related traumatic brain injuries—that’s close to 135,000 youths—at U.S. hospitals from 2001-2005, with the top causes being cycling, football, basketball, playground activities and soccer.

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