Re: [RC] there is no way that young and small a body can ride astride a horse that many hours without damage - Joe Long
>On Thu, 24 Oct 2002 16:27:43 -0400, "Charles" <cdy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>I'll say it's burden of proof time:
>>You have made the above claim several times. From what I can see in past
>>messages, and from the Archives, young and small bodies have completed rides
OK, once I got home from work I did a quick Google search. Here are a
few cites I found in just a couple of minutes:
(that is a long one, you need to enter it all on one line)
A snippet from that one: "Coaches and parents should remember that
children are not small adults. A child's bones, tendons, muscles and
ligaments develop unevenly increasing the risk of injury."
The book "Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of
Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters," available on amazon.com
A snippet from that one: "Overuse injuries occur from repetitive
actions that put too much stress on the musculoskeletal system.
Although these injuries can occur in adults as well as children, they
are more problematic in a child athlete because of the effect they may
have on your child's bone growth. Any child who plays sports can
develop overuse injuries, although the more time your child spends on
the sport, the more likely your child is to experience an overuse
A snippet from that one: "The American Academy of Pediatrics
recommends team sports only for children six years of age and older.
Why? First, mental and emotional ability: most children younger than
six don't understand the concept and rules of team play, and may not
have the emotional development and eagerness to play.
Second, physical ability and age-appropriate skills: there are things
a 14 year old can do (such as throwing a curve ball in baseball) that
an 8 year old should not do because of differences in physical
development and increased risk of injury. Your experience, intuition,
and child's doctor can help you make these decisions. Push your child
to play a sport to soon ? physically or emotionally -- can increase
risk of injury."
If that's not enough, just do a Google search of your own -- there are
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