What are typical sports-related injuries?
- Sprains and strains
- Concussions—accounting for 12% of ER visits
- Bone injuries, specifically the growth plate, the developing tissue at the end of long bones, which is present in hands and fingers, forearms, upper legs, lower legs and foot bones
- Repetitive motion, such as stress fractures and tendinitis
- Heat-related illnesses (see post)
Why are concussions so concerning?
What are the symptoms of a concussion?
- Headache/pressure in head
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Ringing in ears
- Amnesia surrounding incident
What are some delayed responses to a concussion?
- Concentration or memory difficulties
- Irritability or changes in personality
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Taste or smell disorders
- Depression or adjustment issues
For more information on concussions, visit the Mayo Clinic.
How can sports injuries be prevented?
- Ensuring adequate rest
- Following proper technique
- Teaching athletes to speak up regarding injuries and signs of fatigue
- Using protective gear—head gear/helmets, eye protection, proper footwear and mouth guards.
- Administering proper conditioning/coaching—include warm-up exercises and strength training.
How are sports injuries treated?
For sprains or bruises, remember: RICE
In the case of muscular-related injuries, typically heat and stretching are advisable.
Who can help with sports-related injuries?
In addition to working with team coaches, trainers and other key personnel, consulting with specialists in sports injuries may be helpful. These professionals include: sports medicine doctors, sports physical therapists, physiotherapists and orthopedics.
What accounts for the increase in sports-related injuries?
What else can parents do?
- Encourage kids to report any injury or signs of sports-related fatigue
- Ensure proper gear is utilized
- Discourage premature return to play, which may result in re-injury
Need additional information on sports injuries for your athlete or team? Visit www.stopsportsinjuries.org and learn about the campaign to stop sports-related injuries.