We all know that summer will soon be here. Many sports camps and athletic programs will pick up when school lets out, and with that comes the potential for sports-related injuries. It is important to understand the causes of these injuries and learn how to prevent them. Our friends from CareNow Urgent Care share common Q&A regarding sports injuries.
Common Types of Sports Injuries
Three common types of sports injuries in kids and teens are acute injuries (like bruises, sprains, strains, or broken bones), overuse injuries (like little league elbow, shin splints, and swimmer’s shoulder), and reinjuries (which happen when athletes return to a sport before an injury is healed).
Preventing Sports Injuries
You can help protect your kids from being injured by following some simple guidelines:
Treating Sports Injuries
Treatment of sports injuries depends on the type of injury. The best thing you can do for your young athletes is to play it safe. If an injury appears to affect basic functioning in any way — for example, if your child can't bend a finger, is limping, or has had a change in consciousness — first aid should be given immediately. A doctor should then see your child.
If the injury seems to be more serious, it's important to take your child to the nearest ER. Regardless of the injury, remember when recovery is complete, your child's technique or training schedule might need to be adjusted to prevent the injury from flaring up again.
P.S. If your kiddo needs a physical for summer camp or a summer sports league, check out your nearest CareNow Urgent Care where physicals are only $20 until August 31, 2018!
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