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Spring's Late Arrival Hard On Young Athletes

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Our unusually cold and snowy spring is causing some real strain on young athletes this year.

Baseball fields and outdoor tracks are still covered in snow. It is forcing athletes to practice inside.

Doctors at Sanford Health say they are seeing more stress injuries, shin splints and twisted ankles.

Dr. Robyn Knutson Bueling/Sanford Health: "With the younger high school, college age athletes we are seeing more injuries because they are continuing to practice inside. Baseball, softball and track athletes, who would normally practice outside on a natural surface, are seeing more injuries associated with things like that."

Dr. Bueling says it is especially hard for baseball and softball players to practice fielding and sliding. Shoes stick to the gym floor and cause ankles to twist. Indoor tracks are also tighter and are affecting athletes bodies with lopsided injuries.


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