AAP issues guidance on safe Martial arts participation among youths

AAP issues guidance on safe martial arts participation among youths

A clinical report in Pediatrics recommends children only participate in martial arts classes properly supervised by trained instructors, delay competition until they display adequate physical and emotional maturity, and learn proper defensive blocking. Children should also avoid participating in mixed martial arts, which has a high risk of asphyxia and concussion, according to the guidance.

AAP News (11/28),  Physician’s Briefing/HealthDay News (11/28)