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Proposal +5:

My Proposal:

For my research paper I will be exploring and examining the long term effects of doing sports as a young teen, meaning around the age of 13/14 will have on your body as you get older, by looking at real life examples with different types of sports players. In my paper I will be researching the young adults who start doing sports at their age or even younger and how in doing this damage their body. I will then show how this affected their body when they got older. I will argue that a young teen that did compete in sports will arguably have more damaging effects to their body when they get older, compared to a child who did not compete in sports. In doing so I will address the different injuries that could be more harmful down the line, and how these injuries might not be so bad for a youthful body but how it might catch up later.


  1. The Long-Term Effects of Youth Sports

URL: https://nyboneandjoint.com/blog/the-long-term-effects-of-youth-sports/

  • Background: This study done in 2017, done by The New York Bone & Joint Specialist Blog focuses on the research from studies done at The London School of Medicine that shows the long-term health dangers that come with bone and joint damage at a young age. The purpose of this article is to show that if a young athlete does suffer a harmful injury, it could lead to worse things down the road. It states that young athletes should have an off season and handle their bodies with care
  • How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help prove my hypothesis that doing sports as a young athlete can have long lasting damages that will show up later in life. This study will help me give examples of my hypothesis by defining specific injuries and their long lasting effects.
  1. 10 Sports Injuries with Lifelong Consequences

URL: https://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/healthplus/article/10-sports-injuries-with-lifelong-consequences

  • Background: This article, also done in 2017 was written by Tan Ken Jin, an orthopaedic surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. This article examines all the common injuries that athletes may sustain and the long lasting effects they can cause. The 10 he talks about are Sprain, Hamstring strain, Stress fractures, ACL injury, Patella dislocation, Meniscus tear, Tennis elbow, Shoulder dislocation, Sciatica, and Fracture.
  • How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me give specific examples of the injuries that could lead to long term effects. In doing so this will help back up my hypothesis with more factual evidence instead of just claim.By using this article I can focus more on these 10 common injuries.
  1. Long Term Effects of Sports Injuries: How Early Treatment Prevents Future Problems

URL: https://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/healthplus/article/long-term-effects-of-sports-injuries-how-early-treatment-prevents-future-problems

  • Background: In this article, written by Ramesh Subramaniam of Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, talks about how the right treatment of early injuries could help with the long-term effects of these injuries. Research shows that the right warm-up, stretching, and care for the body could help prevent the injuries altogether. He goes into detail for specific injuries and how to prevent their future problems
  • How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me conclude how to help prevent and take care of the injuries one might suffer from their younger years. At the end of my paper I would like to cite this article, and reference the care he recommends for caring for these different types of injuries.
  1. The Impact of Sports on Your Body

URL: https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-impact-of-sports-on-your-body/

  • Background: This article like the other articles focus on the specific sports that may take a toll on your body as you get older. Like it says in the article, sports give you instant gratification often, and can make you feel good at that moment and while you are playing them but it can lead to damage. 
  • How I intend to use it:  I am going to use this article to further help me explain the risks of these everyday activities that most people do, like jogging, biking, golf, and swimming. I will also use this article to help me explain how sports may be fun and rewarding at the time but that doesn’t last forever.
  1. Multi-Sport Athletes vs. Single Sport Athletes – The Pros and Cons

URL: https://www.nsr-inc.com/scouting-news/multi-sport-athletes-vs-single-sport-athletes/

  • Background: This article is more focusing towards the impacts of playing more than one sport. There are various advantages for playing multiple sports, building better endurance, being in better shape, and always being active. But with that comes with having a higher risk for injury which it says in this article
  • How I intend to use it: I intend to use this article to help me argue that playing more than one sport can cause serious damage. A person needs to have an off season so that their body can have time to rest and recover from the damage that was done during that season. The overuse of your body is very bad, we need to take care of our bodies. We only get one.


  1. Maffulli, N et al. “Long-Term Health Outcomes of Youth Sports Injuries.” British Journal of Sports Medicine 44.1 (2010): 21–25. Web.

Background: The author of this article talks about the long term effects that come from playing sports. The children that do play sports that are getting injured are having to drop out of sports and stop playing permanently because they can no longer physically play. She also goes to say that there can end up being growth disturbance because of the types of injuries that these kids face. These disturbances can not only affect them now but can affect them throughout their entire life.

How I used it: This article was a great way to start my research for growth disturbances from injuries. It also helped my argument saying that kids have to drop playing sports because of the long term effects that are caused by the injuries they face.

  1. Longo, Umile Giuseppe et al. “Apophyseal Injuries in Children’s and Youth Sports.” British Medical Bulletin 120.1 (2016): 139–159. Web.

Background: This article is about the frequency of injuries in youth sports. It says that the number of children that are participating in sports is growing and with that comes the amount of injuries as well. The author goes to say the percentage of children that actually get hurt playing sports and how they are difficult to avoid given the number of children that play.

How I used it: I used this article to show how many kids actually get hurt playing sports, which is 40%. I also used this article to show that they are hard to avoid because the growth plates in children do not stop growing until the age of 22 so the children’s bodies are still growing and delicate.

  1. Seefeldt, & Vern. (1992, November 30).Overview of Youth Sports Programs in the United States. Retrieved May 03, 2020

Background: The author of this article explains how children are at risk for injuries when  they are playing sports and why. In this article it talks about children who grow up in different communities with different kinds of mentors and coaches and their likelihood to get themselves caught up with these injuries. It also goes into detail on why the children in not so ideal environments face more injuries because they are not equipped with the right things to play and are not under the right care.

How I used it: I showed that children are normally at risk, but they are more at risk when they are not given the right environments and the right equipment. This can be a big factor in getting hurt because they don’t have the right protection. This helps me demonstrate the risks of playing sports

  1. default –Stanford Children’s Health. (n.d.). Retrieved April 5, 2020

Background: This article tells about who, when, and why the kids are getting injured. This article uses statistics to show the number of children who are getting hurt and why it is those children specifically. It also goes into detail about the types of sports and the children who ended up in the hospital or injured from playing that sport.

How I used it: I used this article for statistical support for my paper. I was telling my readers about the injuries and that they were common and what they could lead to but I needed the actual numbers and facts to support it and thats what I used this article to do. 

  1. Gibson, S. R. (Ed.). (2014, June). What Happens If You Keep Playing Sports When You’re Injured? (for Teens)– Nemours KidsHealth. Retrieved April 5, 2020

Background: This article talks about sports injuries and the effects that happen when you continue to play with them. It also explains about pre existing injuries and what happens to other parts of the body when you are compensating for that injury. That only hurts the body more and leads to more injuries. They conclude that these injuries will basically leave you sitting on the bench and retiring from playing.

How I Used it:  I used this article to show that these injuries will leave you sitting on the bench and even retire from playing eventually. This happens from not listening to your body the first time it tells you something is wrong which leads to another problems. I also used that, saying how not listening to your body will lead to other injuries.

  1. Jin, T. K. (2017, April 21). 10 Sports Injuries with Lifelong Consequences. Retrieved March 10, 2020

Background: This article explains the different types of injuries that athletes face. They are the 10 most common injuries that can later in life lead to problems. These injuries are sports career ending if not taken care of correctly, and even then they can be career ending. This article also explains how these injuries can happen and the different levels of them.

How I Used it: I used this article to show the common injuries that can have a lasting impact on your life if faced with them. I wanted to back up my paper with actual common examples that people face all the time. By doing this the reader can relate to the paper, and also know more of what I am talking about because most of these injuries are commonly heard of.

  1. Slauterbeck, J. (2018, June 27).Kids’ Sports: Pros and Cons. Retrieved May 03, 2020

Background: This article explains what it is like to play multiple sports and the pros and cons of it. It compares what it is like to play one sport vs multiple, and the effects it has on the body. It goes on to say that the kids who play more sports are more likely to face injury because they are pushing their body much harder than a person playing one, and they are also more vulnerable being that they are in contact with others more often.

How I Used it: I used this article to argue the fact that playing multiple sports is very hard on the body, and can often lead to more injuries because of the toll that it takes on your body. Playing multiple sports often leads to giving your body no break which leads to wear and tear on it. This article helped me argue the effects of overuse injuries, which can be just as traumatic as a single traumatic injury. 

  1. Healio. (2014, July 01).Pediatric overuse injuries increase due to year round, one sport training. Retrieved May 03, 2020

Background: This article explains what an overuse injury is because many people haven’t heard of them. Overuse injuries happen when you exert the body too much, and they can often lead to bigger, long lasting problems later on. The article says that most people believe the more and more you practice something day in and day out, the better you will be, but in reality you are just damaging your body and not giving it the proper break that it needs.

How I Used it: I used this article to help me tell the damages that overuse injuries can cause, because they are one of the most common that athletes can face. I also used it to show that it is only increasing and becoming an “epidemic” because people today only want their children to be the best of the best, which causes them to push the kids too hard into these injuries.

  1. Nicola Maffulli, Umile Giuseppe Longo, Filippo Spiezia & Vincenzo Denaro (2010) Sports Injuries in Young Athletes: Long-Term Outcome and Prevention Strategies. Retrieved May 3, 2020

Background: This article explains the increase in the number of kids who participate in sports at younger and younger ages. With the number of children who participate comes with the number of injuries that they face. This article tells the long term outcome of these sports injuries, what they can cause to the body, and also how they can be prevented or treated early on. This article also explains the long term physical growth defects that can come from the injuries. 

How I Used it: I usd this article to help me show that the number of children that are participating in sports is gowing. But not only is it growing, it is starting at a young age because the level of sports is opening up to younger kids. This only leads to more physical growth disability because the younger the child is when they get hurt, the worse effects it can have on their bodies.

  1. Paterno, Mark V et al (2014, Oct 1) . “Prevention of Overuse Sports Injuries in the Young Athlete. Retrieved May 3, 2020

Background: This article goes into detail about the prevention of overuse injuries and also why they are so common in kids that play multiple sports. This article also uses statistical evidence that the number of overuse injuries is growing and how many of the injuries faced today are overuse. Because the overuse injuries are typically the ones that occur overtime and are long lasting, they are more common in those who play more sports and for a longer period of time.

How I Used it: I used this article to understand more about the likely hood, and details about overuse injuries because those seem to be on the rise in sports today. Because sports are becoming bigger and bigger as years go on more athletes seem to be playing multiple sports which leads to multiple kinds of injuries. The body starts to wear down and become prone to more injuries, which is when overuse injuries seem to attack.

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