Sports are a great way for kids of all ages to learn teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. They are also a great form of exercise for kids and teenagers, allowing them to expend their excess energy after school and on the weekends. However, playing sports also increases the risk of serious injury.
Kids are at particular risk for sports-related injuries for a number of reasons. Because children younger than 8 years old are still growing and developing they have less coordination and slower reaction times putting them at higher risk of injury. In addition, because kids and teenagers develop at different rates, kids of the same age may be at a substantial height and/or weight difference which also increases their risk of injury. This is especially true for contact sports, like football, hockey, rugby or lacrosse.
If your child or teenager does suffer from a sports injury, such as a twisted knee, hurt back or broken arm or leg, you should seek immediate medical attention. For example, the All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute offers Sports Injury Clinics across Houston every Saturday morning from 10 a.m. to noon, where you can bring your injured athlete after Friday night’s game. Though an injured athlete may minimize the pain and discomfort they may be feeling for fear of not being able to play in the game, coaches and parents need to be aware of the signs in order to prevent further injury. Neglecting to take care of an injury can turn a minor injury into a chronic one, requiring a much longer recovery period. Quick and proper treatment is key to limiting the amount of time your child or teenager spends sitting on the bench.
All American Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute provides comprehensive orthopedic and sports medicine care and services in the Houston-Galveston Bay Area of Texas. For more information, visit All American Orthopedic’s website, Facebook or Twitter.