Common Pediatric Sports Injuries

Making sure your child is active is important to their health and growth, both physically and emotionally. In addition to keeping them flexible and providing necessary exercise, sports can help provide a place for children to socialize and learn about teamwork. However, accidents can happen, leaving your child with an injury that can either heal on its own or may require medical treatment. Check out our list of common sports injuries to see what to keep an eye out for and how to treat them!

Dehydration

Making sure your child is drinking enough water is critical to preventing dehydration, especially on hotter days. Other factors that can lead to dehydration include drinking too much caffeine, which is present in most soft drinks and energy drinks or spending more time exercising in warm temperatures without preparing yourself. Symptoms include headache, nausea and excessive thirst. As the symptoms continue, your child may begin to experience cramps in their muscles and lower torso. Dehydration is easily preventable by making sure your child is drinking enough water at practice or during games. If they begin to experience symptoms of dehydration, they should stop exercising immediately and drink water. Because your child may not feel as thirsty as an adult athlete, dehydration is extremely common and can be treated at your local urgent care center.

Joint & Muscle Dislocations & Sprains

Joints and muscles are prone to injury and fatigue after extended periods of activity, including sports practice or a game. If a joint is dislocated or your child sustains a sprain, they should be brought to your local urgent care center for diagnosis and treatment. A common injury in many contact sports is a dislocated shoulder, which occurs when the shoulder or arm is forced backward while being held out to the side. If your child has sustained a dislocated shoulder, they will experience tremendous pain and will have heard a popping sound as the bone moved from the joint. A dislocated shoulder should be put back into place by a doctor or medical professional after a diagnostic imaging test to avoid complications. Sprains are common in the wrist and ankle and can be treated with rest, ice, compression and elevation after being diagnosed by a medical professional, who will be able to determine the best course of treatment.

Fractures

Because children are still growing, fractures are common. Fractures, also known as bone breaks, are easily diagnosed by performing an X-ray. Digital X-rays are more precise than traditional films, processing in under one minute and showing a crisper image, allowing our technicians to diagnose and treat hairline fractures that may go unnoticed. After determining that an injury is a fracture, your physician will be able to set it so the bone heals correctly and put the limb in a cast. Making sure fractures are healed properly is critical to making sure the bone does not heal misaligned.
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