Doctors warn about kids' injuries while in martial arts programs


Youth karate and taekwondo are becoming more popular with kids of all ages, and now doctors want to be sure children are protected from injury.

Although most martial arts injuries are minor, there is a risk of neck trauma, concussions and fractures.

That's why the American Academy Of Pediatrics recommends children do not participate in contact-based training until they are emotionally and physically mature.

It also strongly discourages youth participation in mixed martial arts, where there are direct blows to the head, repetitive head thrusts to the floor and choking movements.