The Top 5 Most Common Sports Injuries
Soon our sons and daughters will be putting on their new shoes and heading outside for sports like Football, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, and Lacrosse.
Hitting the field can be a fun way to increase activity and combat the ever-growing epidemic of childhood obesity. But, invariably, every year we see hundreds of patients come through our doors with common and preventable sports injuries.
The Top 5 Most Common Sports Injuries:
Ankle Sprains – If you’ve sprained your ankle, you’ve likely overstretched or torn the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. PrimaCare providers can give you advice about how to prevent these injuries to get you back on track. Careful training should include agility and strengthening programs.
Muscle Strains – Overstretched hamstrings from activities such as hurdling or long distance running can take six to 12 months to heal. Go easy on the muscle and talk to your doctor. The proper prevention here is stretching before and after exercising.
Dehydration – Children are more likely to become dehydrated than adults due to their body size and tolerance to the climate. Since they weigh less, their bodies turn over water and electrolytes more quickly. Drinking fluids is usually enough to prevent most dehydration cases. Encourage your child to drink extra fluids or suck on flavored ice pops. Electrolyte solutions or freezer pops are very effective and are available at your local grocery store and pharmacy.
Shin Splints – Think RICE! Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation are key here. Over-the-counter pain medicine can also do the trick. If you think you may have a stress fracture, see your doctor or Urgent PrimaCare facility.
Concussions – The number of children treated in the ER for concussions has increased significantly in the last 5 years. Concussions are more likely in high school age athletes, especially those participating in football and other contact sports. One study concluded that the risk of concussion is also higher in girls. Concussions are to be treated so seriously that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children who experience multiple concussions consider giving up contact sports for good. The following is a list of symptoms common to concussions:
- Ringing in ears
- Slurred Speech
Remember, before your child starts their activity, visit a local PrimaCare for a sports physical.Find your nearest location