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Sports injuries are something all parents have to worry about if they have an active child. From football to baton twirling, injuries are bound to happen. My friend even got injured bowling when we were kids. And we’ve all heard stories of video game injuries! Here are some of the most common injuries children get while playing sports.
Sprains and broken bones
My daughter’s first X-Ray was as the result of a soccer injury. The incident occurred before the game, though. Her best friend threw the ball at her unexpectedly in close proximity. It hit her fingers hard.
She came to me crying. I offered hugs, boo boo kisses, wiped her tears and sent her out to play the game. They won 11-0.
Then she woke up the morning with her fingers swollen and dark purple. A trip to the urgent care clinic revealed one broken finger and another badly sprained digit. The treatment? Double finger splints, plus no band, soccer or PE for three weeks.
Sprains and broken bones can occur in any sport. It is important your child rest and follow doctor’s orders for recovery. Returning to action too soon could result in even more damage. Hands, wrists, fingers, ankles, shins, arms and toes are all especially vulnerable in most sports.
Repetive motion can lead to overuse injuries, such as “tennis elbow” or “runner’s knee.” Using proper form, even when tired, is key to both prevention and recovery. Physical therapy, anti-inflmation medication, rest, elevation and ice all may be recommended.
Sports injuries can happen at school, too. Kim Plante’s daughter fell during gym class and got a concussion. The treatment was challenging – for both mom and daughter. “Three weeks of no school. No tv. No reading. No running. No jumping. No anything.”
Neck and injuries
Injuries to the neck and back are amongst the most serious because they can leave permanent damage, especially if not properly treated. Whiplash and spine injuries are common in full contact sports like football and wrestling. They also occur in activities in which the body achieves a wide range of motion, such as gymnastics and dancing.
Sunday Taylor learned the hard way that making sure doctor’s orders are being followed is the responsibility of the parent. Her daughter’s gymnastics coach would push her beyond what was deemed safe by the doctor as soon as mom left practice, even forcing her to remove her neck brace. Make sure your child understands what is required for recovery and don’t let a pushy coach risk it.
My girl has moved on to swimming now. Dehydration is a problem for swimmers because they don’t realize they are sweating in the water. This led to severe cramping for my daughter. Her coach recommended drinking lots of water and doing shots of pickle juice. I realize my daughter’s sports injuries have been pretty minor. I hope it stays that way! Tell us your experience with sports related injuries in the comment section below.