Reducing injury risk for the young athlete


If children are injured playing a sport, keep them out of competition until they can be evaluated or they might be at risk of permanent harm. — TNS

More than half of children in the United States ages six to 17 participate in sports.

With participation also comes the painful reality of injuries that happen during gameplay.

Mayo Clinic physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Dr Wes Troyer explains how to reduce children’s risk of sports injuries.

From strikes and strains to footwork and fractures, injuries can happen to any young athlete.

Reducing the risk of injury starts with an annual physical examination to make sure children can participate.

When it’s time to play, warm up the muscles by stretching, and use protective equipment, when appropriate.

“It’s important to try out your equipment before you get into game-time situations to make sure it works properly, so that it’s actually protecting you when you’re going out there to perform the sport,” he says.

Try to avoid overusing certain muscles over others.

Repeated motions can happen around growth plates and may require young athletes to pause certain activities.

“They need time to rest because they’ve put too much stress on the area.

“And without that, they just don’t heal,” says Dr Troyer.

If children are injured playing a sport, keep them out of competition until they can be evaluated.

“The worst thing that you can do is get up and try to play through these things and make the injury worse,” he says. – By Alex Osiadacz/Mayo Clinic News Network/Tribune News Service

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