Galveston County Daily News, March 13, 2007 By Sally Robinson and Keith Bly GALVESTON -- A cry jolts the air from across the field. You rise from the bleachers, heart in your throat as you realize ... your child has been injured. More than 3.5 million children ages 15 and younger are treated for sports-related injuries each year. Children are more susceptible to sports injuries because they are still developing and growing, and most of these injuries occur during practice rather than during the actual game. Many elements contribute to sports injuries in children. Some of those elements include equipment that is ill-fitting or too large for the child; the child not stretching and warming up the muscles properly, and the lack of strength in the muscles surrounding the joints. American Academy of Pediatrics section on sports medicine and fitness suggests these tips on how your child can avoid sports injuries.