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Kids and Spring Sport Injury Safety

Posted on Wed, Apr 26, 2017

Spring-Sport-Injury-(1).jpgYou already know that playing sports helps keep your child fit. You also know that sports are a fun way that they can socialize, meet new friends and develop leadership skills. And you may also know that a childhood spring sport injury may be inevitable. But, thankfully there are a few things you can do to help prevent them.

Spring Sport Injury Prevention

Organized Sports

Enroll your child in organized sports through the school or a community club where there is more likely to be an adult who is a certified athletic trainer (ATC). An ATC also is trained in how to prevent, recognize and care for common athletic injuries.

Protective Gear

Get the proper protective gear for particular sports and make sure your child knows the importance of using for every practice and games.

Warm Up and Cool Down

Make warm-ups and cool-downs an important part of your child’s routine before and after sports participation. Warm-up exercises, such as stretching and light cardiovascular movements can help minimize the chances of muscle strain or other soft-tissue injuries during sports. Cool-down exercises are just as important as they help to loosen the body’s muscles that have tightened during the practice or games.

Spring Sports Injury Prevention with Pre-Participation Physical

Most states require that kids and teens have a pre-participation sports physical before they can start a new competitive season. These exams are meant to help you find out about and deal with any health problems that could interfere with your child’s participation in the sport. Find out what to expect during the exam on our blog, “ Walk-In Camp and Sports Physicals.”

Just as professional sports stars require regular medical care to keep them playing their best, so do amateur athletes. Give your child the same edge as the pros by making sure they have their annual pre-participation sports physical.

Common Spring Sport Injuries

Some common spring sport injuries include:

1. Sprains and Strains

A sprain is an injury to the ligaments (typically a tear), commonly in the ankle. Ligaments are the fibrous tissues that connect two or more bones at a joint to prevent excessive movement of the joint.

A strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon. Tendons are the fibrous cord of tissues that connect muscle to bone.

2. Growth Plate Injuries

The growth plate is the area of developing tissues at the end of the long bones in growing children (fingers, outer bone of forearm, collarbone, hip, upper leg, lower leg bones, ankle and foot). Once growth is complete (sometime during adolescence) the growth plate is replaced by solid bone.

3. Repetitive Motion Injuries

Stress fractures (when ligament pulls off small pieces of bone) or tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon) can occur from overuse of muscles and tendons. Although these injuries don’t always show up on an X-ray, they do cause pain and discomfort but respond well to rest.

4. Heat-Related Illnesses

One common spring sport injury occurs because of weather conditions. Playing in the heat can be dangerous and even fatal. Children perspire less than adults and require a higher core body temperature to trigger sweating, which can make it hard to recognize overheating. Heat-related illnesses include dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Pre-Season Spring Sport Physicals

If a spring sport injury occurs, eMedical Urgent Care is here to help your child get back in the game and feel better fast. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey 908.464.6700, or Middletown, New Jersey 732.957.0707. We welcome you to walk in, get your exam and be on your way.

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