Contact Sports OK for Children with Single Kidney

Children born with a single kidney do not need to be barred from playing contact sports, according to a study published in the July issue of Pediatrics.

Although many physicians are reluctant to tell parents it’s OK to let their child play contact or “collision sports,” the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a “qualified yes,” a news release from the AAP states.

Roughly one in 1,500 people are born with a single kidney, according to the AAP. The study found that out of 23,666 injuries, only 18 involved a kidney; none required surgery.

Children were more likely to injure their head, neck, spine, brain or knee than their kidney, the study found.

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