Why might children be more prone to injury when first trying out a sport?

Although a sports accident can happen to people of all skill levels, including professional athletes, children who are participating in sports and sporting activities are often novices who are in the process of learning the rules of the game and may not be as familiar with techniques and strategies to reduce the likelihood of common sports injuries. Children are also not expected to be as careful as a reasonable adult would be in the same situation. As a result, it is very important for instructors, coaches and sports organizers to spend time teaching young players how to keep themselves as safe as possible.