As any parent of a student-athlete knows, many communities organize sports schedule games in such a way as to make it easy for families to attend. Until they are much older, your children will not have track meets and football games that last into the night. Overall, many youth sports programs are designed to be as convenient as possible.
However, one exception to this perceived convenience does exist – injury. Regardless of the sport, the chances for injury must be considered. Injuries must also be planned for in a way that will offer fast relief for your little athlete.
The onset of springtime doesn’t mean an end to hockey season, whether on ice or on wheels. As the school year draws to a close, hockey players are still at risk for injuries, including concussions, shoulder separation, and knee ligament injuries.
Worst yet, underlying muscle imbalances and quick movements put hockey players a high risk for groin strains that can affect any one of a number of muscles. High ankle sprains can also occur when the foot twists outward and, in more severe cases, is accompanied by fractures in the lower leg.
In baseball, not a single part of the body escapes the risk of injury. Pitching and throwing affect the upper body. Broken fingers, hands, and wrists are common as well as sprains to the arms and shoulders. Be wary of the ankle strains when running bases and the likelihood of concussions when playing catcher.
If your child is complaining of elbow pain after a Saturday game, a quick stop at your local walk in urgent care clinic will likely confirm that it is due simply to overuse. Experts agree that most little league injuries are tied to fatigue and parents are the best at evaluating their children’s ability to continue participating at any given time.
You would think that a non-contact sport such as running would be a fairly safe sport for most people. The truth is, 65 to 80 percent of runners find themselves laid up with an injury each year. Oddly enough, these injuries are usually caused by overtraining.
Regardless, common complaints including runner’s knee, hamstring issues, and shin splints, just to name a few, can become acute injuries if they are not soon treated. In addition, avoiding distance increases of more than 10 percent each week has been shown to decrease the chances of physical breakdowns during your training.
Late spring is the beginning of the nationally-adored American football season. With this hard-hitting pastime, comes an increase in the chances you or someone you know will suffer from a pretty serious injury. Heat injuries are common as summer heats up, knee injuries abound, and overuse takes a toll on the bodies of football players.
Of course, recent years have brought the effects of repeated concussion out into the open. Parents, however, are still allowing children to play the game, and adults continue to participate as long as their bodies will let them. Players of all ages are encouraged to warm up and cool down properly, stretch and strengthen, hydrate, and have annual checkups.
Don’t wait for your child to suffer a sports-related injury before deciding how to go about having it treated. Unfortunately, family physicians rarely see patients on weekends. While emergency departments are open, those suffering mild to moderate injuries are often subjected to hours in the waiting room. Instead, find an alternative, such as a walk-in clinic, that will be able to see your child without making him wait in agony.