Call Today: (877) 966-7846 | (512) 439-1000
Texas Orthopedics, Sports & Rehabilitation Associates

Monday, September 26, 2016

Preventing Pediatric Sports Injuries

We see a number of young athletes, especially at this time of year, at our Texas Orthopedics offices and our Urgent Injury Clinic, located in Northwest Austin. As kids are back in school, many have rejoined their favorite fall sports teams or are trying out for new ones and get some bumps and bruises along the way. 

Here are a few ways to prevent common injuries so they can spend more time out on the field, and less time in the waiting room:

1. See a doc.

If you haven't already done so, get your child looked at by your pediatrician to ensure they are in top form before starting to play, especially with a new sport. Also, let your doctor know if they've been injured in the off-season.

2. Ramp up the diet.

Proper nutrition is essential for growing bodies, especially young athletes who are exerting a ton of energy. Make sure they consume enough daily calories and eat a well-balanced diet. Lack of calcium, and other important nutrients, can lead to bone damage and injuries such as stress fractures.

3. Check all equipment for proper fit, from head to toe.

Pay special attention to shoes and helmets. Equipment should be snug, but never too tight or loose. And if it's used, make sure it is not damaged or worn out.

4. Stress stretching.

Tendonitis one of the most common overuse injuries in kids. Proper stretching beforehand can help. Encourage your child to do some easy warm-up exercises and stretches before starting to play.

5. Rest up.

Build in rest time after each game and practice so your child can recuperate and muscles can heal. Injury can easily occur when their young bodies are maxed out from too much physical activity.

If your child has been injured in a late afternoon or evening game, after business hours, stop by our Urgent Injury Clinic for an evaluation. No appointments are necessary, most major insurance is accepted, and we offer onsite x-ray, casting, and bracing.

(Adapted from STOP Sports Injuries)

Keep up with Texas Orthopedics news by following us on Facebook and Twitter (@TexasOrthopedic).

No comments:

Post a Comment