New statistics show youth sports injuries are on the rise.

According to the CDC, 3.5 million kids under 14-years-old are hurt playing sports each year. A report by a sports medicine center says it is reaching epidemic proportions.

“We all grew up playing sports in the backyard. Nowadays, our kids are playing sports in uniforms on so many different teams and playing at such a highly organized level,” said Dr. Jeff Nepple, who oversees pediatric sports medicine at Children’s Hospital.

Nepple says half of all injuries his team treats each year are connected to overused muscles and most of the injuries he sees are from soccer, basketball and football.

Nepple says playing multiple sports can cut down on injuries because it involves working multiple muscle groups.

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