I keep reading things about this (general injury rate in kid's sports, specific injury rate for girls) and worrying.
Sozlet's in soccer and loves it. She's quite good -- not great, maybe 5th in skill level on a team of 14. She's definitely one of the kids who gets it (when she's in the mood, anyway, and she isn't always) -- she's strong and fast and is one of the few kids at her level who purposely passes to open teammates (who have subsequently scored goals, a few times).
I want her to continue as long as she'd like. But this is scary stuff.
Things I take away from the article:
1.) Allow sports, but limit sports. None of this regular league plus club league and traveling for tournaments stuff.
2.) Encourage diversification. A lot of what I see in this article and others is that the specific sports team becomes the kid's life. All of her friends are there, she has nothing to fall back on. That feeds into the need for getting over the injury and getting back into the group.
3.) Encourage toughness, with limits
. A few years of glory in HS is not worth a lifetime of crippled knees.
4.) Encourage PLAY, not just sports. This is less from this article than from other things I've read. That increasing focus on organized sports creates repetitive motion injuries and less overall fitness than just plain playing, like a kid. I think this has something to do with the "like a boy" stuff in the article, too. I think boys are more likely to just go outside and run around and be goofy than girls are.
5.) Look into the PEP training. Sounds like it might be promising, and that now is about the time to start. Sozlet does have that "athletic stance" or whatever it's called -- knees bent, butt low.
Overall, scary stuff.