With spring in the air, there is no denying the itch your kiddo likely has to get outside and burn off all of that cooped up winter energy. Registration for sports is upon us, and whether it is your child’s first time competing or they are a trained veteran of their chosen physical hobby, it is important to watch out for common injuries and employ these safe practices during any and all spring sports.
If your child is involved in contact sports, a bump on the head can be easily missed in the heat of the game. Make sure you know these common warning signs of a concussion so you can remain prepared for one.
Light or sound sensitivity
Haziness, fog, or memory problems
If your child is complaining of any of these ailments after a big game, it could be related to a concussion. This type of injury has the potential to become dangerous, so make sure your child understands the importance of proper headgear for their sport and the dangers that can come with removing it. If your child is displaying any of these symptoms, it is best to play it on the safe side and contact their primary care physician for treatment.
Shoulder and Elbow Injuries
These types of injuries are common in baseball and tennis. You can take measures that will safeguard your child against these injuries by equipping them with the correct grip size for their tennis racket and evaluating their swing form. Another practical way to prevent injuries of this type is to encourage thorough warm up sessions prior to games and practices and monitoring their range of motion with the bat or racket. This will help strengthen their upper body and, hopefully, keep them safe while they play.
Tennis elbow is a common injury for both tennis players and baseball players, alike. This type of injury comes along with the consistent physical impact of the ball and the bat or racket. Though the equipment is designed to absorb a bit of that impact, it is important to make sure your child adequately stretches and warms up their muscles prior to playing. You can treat a mild case of sore shoulders and elbows with cold compresses and over the counter pain medication, but make sure to alert your child’s doctor of any persistent or unbearable pain.
ACL and Other Knee Injuries
These types of injuries are more common to sports that involve a lot of running and kicking. As opposed to the impact of a bat or racket on the upper body, ACL and knee injuries take their toll on the lower extremities. If you child performs any long or short distance running, or is involved in soccer, lacrosse, or any track and field sport, make sure they are taking the time to stretch their legs and warm up their muscles thoroughly prior to playing. For sports that put excess strain on feet and legs, you can safeguard your child against injury by equipping them with appropriate footwear to help absorb impact. If your child complains of sore or swollen legs, especially over the course of several days, make sure to consult their doctor for proper treatment.
Stop injuries before they even begin by promoting safe practices, warm-ups, and a balanced diet for all of your young athletes.