Minimizing School Sports Injuries
Young athletes today are as a whole bigger and stronger than their predecessors, and they push themselves harder than ever before. Sports injuries sideline millions of athletes each year, and experts predict that those numbers will continue to grow as the beginner age for participating in sports continues to drop.
Young athletes are starting competitive sports earlier than ever. While finding their passion so early in life can lead to great things, it can also wear their bodies down earlier, ending a promising athletic career. Young athletes who play the same sport year-round and expose their bodies to the same repetitive motions are especially vulnerable. These injuries can be particularly devastating because they can affect growth plates — the region in long bones where growth occurs — and impact the nonsporting aspects of life, too. Parents should consider limiting the number of teams their athlete is on at any given time and changing up the routine regularly so that the same muscles are not continuously overused.
Athletes of all ages need to rest between practices, games and events. A lack of sleep and muscle fatigue predispose an athlete to injury. Parents should plan an offseason for their athlete, giving him or her adequate time to recuperate before repeated stress of the next season.
Of course it is important for athletes to eat a well-balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, and to maintain a regular eating schedule.
While there is no way to prevent injuries from sports-related accidents, some injuries caused by straining and overuse can be prevented by doing appropriate pre- and post-sport stretching and listening to your body when it needs to rest. Make sure your young athlete understands that he or she should talk with you and seek help if experiencing a pain or something that just doesn’t feel right. Most importantly, if you experience any unusual pain associated with your activities, please call Omni Orthopaedics for an appointment