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Preventive Measures Can Help Minimize Sports-Related Injuries

CLEBURNE, Texas — According to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 775,000 children and adolescents ages 14 and under are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. As the new school year begins, so does the return of sports and other physical activities for school-aged kids.

“We see an increase in sports-related injuries when school resumes,” said Dr. Brad Harman, an orthopedic surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne. “Correct use of safety equipment and other preventive measures will help minimize these injuries.”

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends that parents take the following steps to protect their children and avoid unnecessary injuries:

  • Always wear the right helmet for the activity to reduce the risk of head injury.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, dizziness and fatigue.
  • Check clothing for hazards. Drawstrings pose a strangulation hazard because they can get caught on playground equipment or other products.

Simple steps can be taken to prevent sports-related injuries. Parents should also consider the age, developmental status and skill level of their child prior to enrolling them or allowing them to participate in certain sports.

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About Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is a 137-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served Cleburne and the Johnson County area since 1986. The hospital’s services include surgery, women’s services, urology, orthopedics and ear, nose and throat care. Texas Health Cleburne, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has been recognized with the 2007 Premier/Carescience Select Practice National Quality Award. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 14 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, and Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education. Texas Health Organization for Physicians and Texas Health Physicians Group provide a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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