Sports injuries in youth sports happen all the time: just take a quick look at some of the most recent statistics on sports injuries per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Recreational activities including sports accounted for 3.2 million visits to emergency rooms each year for children aged 5-14 years.
- Injuries from sports alone cause 775,000 of ER visits for children aged 5-14 years.
- Sports-related injuries are the leading cause of emergency room visits for children aged 12-17 years old.
As you can see, sports injuries can create a need for medical treatment for a good portion of student-athletes. However, it is important to know that sometimes a sports injury may not necessarily require medication attention but instead urgent care. Parents should also be aware of effective ways to prevent sports injuries among their children.
So how can you prevent injuries and manage treatment for your child’s sport injury?
Prevention requires both athlete education and awareness about injury risks
Preventing sports injuries is relatively simple if you can help educate your child about some of the injury risks and build awareness about how to safely participate in a sport. Both parents and coaches alike can help prevent sports injuries with the following initiatives:
- Reviewing if your child’s equipment is properly fitted/suited to their size: This is especially important for contact sports like football. If your child has equipment provided by their school, such as a helmet, always double check that it fits properly.
- Teaching your child on-field/sport skills to avoid injury: Skills like properly falling, making contact, keeping alert, and similar defensive skills are some of the best ways to prevent injury during a sport.
- Stretching before a game: Stretching before a game can help lower a child’s chance of experiencing a lower body injury. Most physical trainers and health experts recommend stretching 15 minutes before athletic activity.
Treat injuries with first-aid and then evaluate urgent care needs
Sports injuries are still likely to happen even though athletes take the necessary steps to prevent them. When this happens make sure to treat the injury immediately.
Make sure that play stops during the event and there is a safe opportunity to provide first-aid. Most medical experts recommend using the P.R.I.C.E method for injury first aid. PRICE involves protecting the athlete in a safe area, resting the injury, icing the injury, compressing the injury, and elevating the injured area when possible.
After administering first-aid make sure your child is taken to a nearby medical provider to help coordinate treatment. Take your child to the emergency room only when they absolutely require in the most significant level of care.
However, it is important to understand that most sports injuries are minor and only require urgent care services. Whenever this happens don’t hesitate to visit AFC Urgent Care Southlake as your nearby urgent care center!
We provide injury care at convenient hours during weekdays and weekends and accept walk-ins, so you’ll never need an appointment. Sports injuries require patient-focused care an treatment you can always get at AFC Southlake.