GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Six grade students at A.G. Cox Middle School learned about sports related injuries. According to STOP Sports Injuries, more than 3.5 million kids under age 14 receive medical treatment for sports injuries each year. Around 200 students spent the afternoon learning more about how to prevent injuries.
“It teaches you about safety and concussions and stuff like that,” said Travon Brown.
Asa Thurmau said, “We do sports, we are in middle school we do soccer and baseball and all kinds of stuff and not knowing how to treat injuries would be bad.”
In Pitt County Schools, you’re not allowed to participate in school sports until 7th grade and that’s why Vidant’s Injury Prevention Coordinator Latangee Knight says it’s important to give students the facts before they play.
“They need the information so when they are out playing sports; we want them to think about it. I want them to say, I went to this sports safety clinic and I learned I have a concussion and this is what I should do,” Knight said.
One of the lessons this afternoon was how to tell if you have a concussion.
Brown said, “If you have a concussion, you’ll be feeling woozy and hard to balance.”
Students say they learned a lot about injuries and are excited to tell their parents about what they learned.
“I would probably say hey, they taught me this method in school, we can use this for injuries because all the girls in my family dance,” Thurmau said.
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