If your child is involved in sports, it’s likely he or she will get injured at some point in their sports career. Whether it’s a minor scrape or something major like a broken bone, sports injuries can be a scary thing. Below is a list of common sports injuries for kids so you can better understand what injuries your child is at risk of and what you can do to prevent them.
Sprains and Strains
Because of sudden movement in most sports, child athletes are at risk of sprains and strains on their muscles. The most common athletic injury, an ankle sprain, is an injury to the ligament. Meanwhile, a strain is an injury to either a muscle or a tendon.
Because children sweat less than adults, they are at greater risk of a heat-related illness. These injuries, which can be fatal, are always dangerous. Dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are the most common heat-related illness. Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, weakness, confusion and fainting spells.
Growth Plate Injuries
The area of developing tissues at the end of the long bones in children, the growth plate, is one of the most common things to be injured in childhood sports. When a child is fully grown, the growth plate becomes replaced by solid bone. The long bones most frequently injured are the bones of the hands and fingers, bones of the forearms, bone of the upper leg, lower leg bone and foot bones.
To prevent sports injuries, make sure your child properly warms up and cools down before and after games. Ensure your child has access to water throughout the game and monitor your child regularly for signs of overexertion. Your child should also be enrolled on a team through his or her school, community club or recreation area that is well maintained. It’s important that the coach of your child’s team is trained in first aid and CPR.
If your child experiences a sports-related illness, he or she should be seen by a medical professional immediately. Consider Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care, where we provide quick, efficient service so you can avoid the typical hassle of a doctor’s visit.
Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you or your child.