The human body is a wonderful machine designed to do a great many things. In peak condition, it is capable of a range of motion that is beautiful to watch and can do feats such as climbing, dancing, and lifting heavy objects. Even the most prime bodies, however, are susceptible to damage. In fact, the more active, the higher the risk of certain injuries. If you’re a parent whose child participates in sports, it’s important to understand what kinds of injuries can occur and how to treat them so you can keep your child safe. Here are just a few things that may happen to your child and what to do about them so you can keep them safe and having fun playing sports:
Our bones are quite strong, but they’re not made of diamond. Any impact at great speed or momentum can cause at least one of our many bones to break, and sometimes in nasty ways. Collisions and falls are the usual causes of breaks during training. A break renders a part of the body functionally useless and causes severe pain. In worst-case scenarios, they have been known to break past the skin.
But don’t worry! There’s an easy solution. Make sure that if your child gets a broken bone that they get immediate medical care by a professional for the best chance of a full recovery. The most common breaks, in arms and legs, must be properly set then splinted (typically by a cast) for an extended period of time. Before you know it, your child will be up and moving in no time.
Concussions and head injuries are common in children and young athletes, and especially common in impact sports because they are usually caused by a direct blow to the head. Effects are temporary, most often limited to headaches, trouble concentrating and loss of balance. They can be so mild that it is not uncommon for those with a concussion to not even know that they have one. However, symptoms can be much more severe and include changes in behavior, moods, and eating and sleeping habits that persist for days.
In any case, treatment is usually just total rest. Should symptoms persist beyond a day, be sure to seek emergency medical treatment. While the concussion itself may not be directly treatable, certain symptoms may have a workaround.
An overuse injury happens when trying to take on too much too rapidly. Tendinitis and stress fractures are examples of damage caused by repetitive action. They are usually a result of poor training or poor technique. Going too fast, too long or doing too many reps can cause strain on body parts. Not doing movements properly can require muscles to have to overcompensate just to perform the task at hand. The overload of muscles can cause a strain, especially if the muscles were not expecting and prepared for use. Also, a well-planned massage therapy program can be very helpful.
When training, a little preparation can go a long way to preventing these types of injuries. Always use proper technique, never overdo it, and use necessary safety to get the most out of training with the least damage.