Play it safe – avoiding sports-related injuries
For many families, back to school time also means the beginning of school sports leagues. While your kids want to win the big game, the most important priority is their safety.
Each year, about 3 million children and teens are treated in the emergency department for sports and recreational-related injuries.
These are some of the most common sports injuries:
· Sprains and strains
· Growth plate injuries
· Repetitive motion injuries
· Heat-related illness
Some easy ways to keep your child safe include:
· Ensure your kid has the proper protective gear,
· Make sure your child has plenty of water before and after sports, and
· Make warming up and cooling down a regular practice to avoid sprains and strains.
If your child is injured during sports, use the R.I.C.E acronym to help remember the proper way to respond.
· Rest: Do not use the injured area until evaluated by a physician.
· Ice: Apply ice to the injured area 15-20 minutes at a time for the first 48-72 hours after injury.
· Compression: Apply an elastic wrap/compression sock below the injured area and wrap upwards to reduce swelling.
· Elevate: Prop the injured area higher than the heart to control swelling.
As always, call 911 if you suspect a serious problem and see your child’s physician if they are not feeling better in a couple of days.
Find more family health tips and resources at www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.