Children need exercise for mostly the same reasons as adults, but for kids playing in organized sports there is an added bonus—playing as part of a team. Being a team member teaches children lessons about life and cooperation in a fun, friendly environment. For the 38 million youths signed up for official organized sports, there are bound to be injuries. Knowing what to look out for in three of the most popular sports when your child is on the field or court will help minimize potentially life-altering accidents.
This all-American sport can be a lot of fun to watch and even more fun to play. The downside is that the number one football related injury is a concussion. Head trauma is no joke and should be taken very seriously. Make sure your child has all of the required, recently checked, up-to-date safety gear. Also, make sure the team coach is qualified to handle serious issues relating to concussions. After trauma to the head, knee injuries rank as one of the most common. Tears in the ACL/PCL can result in life-long problems if not properly treated.
Web MD points out that the world’s most popular sport is also the most dangerous for adolescents under the age of 15. Males can expect an average of 4 injuries per season, while females average 3.5 injuries per season. In 2006 there were over 180,000 injuries reported with a shocking forty-four percent of those injuries coming from players 15 years old and younger. The most likely injuries will occur at the knees, but soccer is known for concussions too. Be sure your child warms up properly before playing and cools down after a game.
You might think basketball players are less prone to injury than other athletes. While the injuries may differ between sports, basketball still has potential for serious injuries. The most common problems come in the form of sprains, jammed fingers, and bruises. These may not sound too serious, but they can cause sever damage is left unresolved, or ignored. Pay attention to what’s going on with your young player’s injuries and don’t assume that they should just shake it off.
Any time your child is injured you need to take it seriously. Be sure to have any issue looked at as soon as possible by a doctor specializing in pediatric sports injuries.