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Kids with One Kidney may Do Sports

Kids with One Kidney may Do Sports

(epharmanews)- Nothing can stop the young ones from enjoying life, not even the ones with one functional kidney, according to a new study.

Doctors usually advise children born with one kidney (one out of every 1500 kids) against contact sports. They fear that the burden on one kidney would increase and athletes who suffer kidney injuries could end up needing lifelong dialysis or transplants.

Researchers from University of Utah in Salt Lake City examined data from the National Athletic Trainers' Association High School Injury Surveillance Study from 1995 to 1997. They found that Most of the kidney injuries were simple bruises to the organ and none of them caused permanent damage and that head and knee injuries were much more common, in football players, with 67 concussions for each kidney injury.

The findings of this study, led by Dr. Matthew Grinsell of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, are published in the journal Pediatrics.

"We know that kidney injuries from traffic accidents are two to 10 times more common than kidney injuries from sports," Grinsell explained. "Some people have argued it might actually be more dangerous to drive to your doctor to talk about kidney injuries from sports than actually playing sports."

Grinsell urges parents of children with one kidney to make sure the organ works normally and that blood pressure is not too high before sending them onto the field.

"If somebody has a passion, I really don't limit it," said Grinsell. "I push the more general safety issues, like wearing a helmet if you are a bicyclist."

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