APPLETON - A warning from medical professionals to coaches and parents about the increasing dangers of pushing young athletes too hard.
The Centers for Disease Control says that in a given year one out of every six young athletes will be injured with the impact often still felt years later.
It's go time at summer football practice at Xavier High School in Appleton.
"What is the right amount," questions head coach Dave Hinkens.
It's a tough balancing act, Hinkens says, to push players to succeed while protecting them from injury.
"The biggest thing is that we try to be consistent in our working out and we're working continuously on the whole development of our student athletes."
Injury prevention is always on the minds of coaches and doctors. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Tim Mologne is a specialist at the Sports Medicine Center in Appleton. He's working with 12-year-old Molly Fassbender who plays basketball and softball. Molly says she has been experiencing elbow pain for about a year.
"One time at practice it all of a sudden really hurt."
It's the type of injury her mother is keeping a close eye on.
"We're very conscious about what's going on with athletes especially at a younger age, more so than we were even in my generation," said Michelle Fassbender.
Mologne says he's seeing younger patients with adult-like sports injuries.
"These children are put through workouts that an adult would do and they don't have the strength and the timing in their hamstrings for instance to go through the workouts that an adult would do as an athlete."
Mologne says student athletes need extended time off during the year to recover. But it's not always easy to convince a player who doesn't want to let down teammates, parents and coaches.
"Yeah, it's really hard for everybody to see somebody sitting out, it hurts the player, it hurts the parents and it hurts the coaches," said Xavier football player Matt Ferris.
It's a team effort to protect potential future stars from peaking too soon.
Mologne says it's the joints most at risk. He says knee, shoulder and elbow injuries are the most common among athletes of all ages.
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