Sports Injuries and Children – Advice for Parents Looking to Keep Their Children Safe

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In Florida and other States, children play organized sports throughout the year. Our great weather and facilities make Florida a haven of sorts for children who want to play sports. Go to any Florida community and you will find children playing football, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, golf and other sports. According to a report released by Safe Kids USA, there are more than 30 million children who participate in sports every year. With this vast number of children engaged in sports, there millions of injuries every year that are related to sports. In particular, there are approximately 3.5 million injured children who seek medical attention every year. There are some basic tips that a parent can follow that can help avoid a sports injury or lessen the impact of a sports injury. These include the following:

1. Have your child play different sports
Playing different sports through the year may help avoid the overuse of a body part. For instance, it may be a good idea to play tennis part of the year and soccer for the other part of the year.

2. Keep Your Son or Daughter Off the Field / Court if He or She Has Pain
According to doctors, playing through pain means that the body has not healed or the underlying problem is still in place. When possible, rest your child to give his or her body a chance to heal.

3. Know the Recommended Limits for the Particular Sport
Recommended limits are in place for baseball and other sports. A child should throw only so many balls or pitches. Overuse injuries in children are common and can be avoided with reasonable limitations being put in place by parents and coaches.

4. Find Out About the Coach’s Experience, Philosophy, and Medical Training as They Pertain to Injuries
It probably is not in a child’s best health or medical interest to be paired with a coach who believes that winning takes precedence over everything else. A coach should be there for the best interest of the child and to promote the child’s well being rather than promote a win at all cost philosophy.

5. Read Up and Be Familiar with Common Injuries Associated with the Sport
It is helpful for parents to be aware of the injuries that are often seen with a particular sport. For instance, there can be elbow and shoulder injuries associated with tennis, shin splints associated and running, and head injuries associated with football and soccer. Parents should diligently attend practices and games to keep an eye on their children to make sure that there are no health problems that are affecting the child. Getting medical attention for a health concern or injury early can make a big difference for a child suffering a sports related injuries.

You can read more about this topic at Ways to Help Your Child Avoid Sports Related Injuries.