5 Most Common Sports Injuries Kids Experience
Any child who regularly participates in sports activities runs the risk of experiencing some type of injury sooner or later. According to recent statistics, more than three and a half million children are injured during athletic pursuits every year. Since parents can’t wrap their children in protective bubbles to prevent these injuries from occurring, the next best option is to be aware of the most common sports injuries kids experience and how to properly attend to them, either with first aid or medical attention at the emergency room if the condition is serious enough.
Strains and Sprains
Ankle sprains are among the most common sports injuries kids experience and occur when the ligament, a fibrous tissue connecting the bones at a joint, become injured. When a muscle or tendon is injured, that’s a sprain and can occur anywhere a muscle is located in the body such as the shoulder or calf. Applying ice packs every 20 minutes, resting the injured area, keeping the strain or sprain in an elevated position and wrapping in a compression bandage can help strains and sprains heal faster.
When a child receives a traumatic hit to the body, especially the head while playing a contact sport, a concussion can occur. This can cause a confused state of mind, headaches, ringing in the ears, unexplained fatigue, dizziness, slurring of speech and temporary amnesia. A child suspected of receiving a concussion should always be medically checked out to determine the extent of the injury.
Heat Related Injuries
Many of the common sports injuries kids experience while playing in athletic games involve injuries related to heat. These can include heat stroke, dehydration and heat exhaustion. Children who participate in sports should always have access to plenty of water in addition to sports drinks that help to replenish their body’s supply of electrolytes. Since some heat related injuries can prove to be fatal, any child who faints or is unconscious because of excess heat should receive prompt medical attention.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Because many sports require kids to use the same muscles and body motions on a repetitive basis, repetitive motion injuries can result. These include a condition called tendinitis which is an inflammation of a tendon, as well as hairline fractures which can be detected by use of X-ray. Physical therapy is often required to help the body heal after sustaining a repetitive motion injury.
Getting Teeth Knocked Out
If struck directly in the mouth or falling flat on their face during sports action, many kids experience getting their teeth knocked out. If at all possible, find the missing tooth and replace it into the socket prior to making an emergency call to the dentist. Fake teeth inserts can be very helpful to hide missing, cracked or broken teeth until dental work has been completed.