Ensuring Children's Safety During Spring and Summer Sports Season

“Children are enthusiastic sports enthusiasts, with over 50% of kids aged 5 to 17 engaging in sports, per CDC statistics. However, the downside is alarming: every 25 seconds, a child experiences a sports injury severe enough to necessitate an ER visit, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

Concussions make up 12% of these injuries, with half occurring among 12 to 15-year-olds, as reported by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s injury surveillance. Knee injuries account for 10% of these incidents. Common sports injuries encompass sprains, strains, growth plate injuries, and heat-related illnesses.

As Ahmed Baig, Director of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at McLaren Flint, advises, “Prevention is the child’s best defense against injury. This begins with mastering the basics and ensuring proper safety gear usage and adherence to sports rules.”

Although sports injuries can strike suddenly, many result from cumulative overuse. A National Institutes of Health study discovered that nearly half of kids’ sports injuries result from overuse or repetitive motions.

Baig emphasizes the importance of diversifying sports activities, as exclusively focusing on one sport can overtax particular muscles and joints, elevating the risk of injury. Engaging in different sports offers various physical and mental challenges, keeping athletes motivated and engaged.

Preventing injuries should be a priority, and the following precautions are essential before and after sports participation:

  1. Maintain proper hydration.
  2. Warm up to relax muscles.
  3. Cool down to relieve muscle tension.
  4. Allow adequate rest and recovery between activities.
  5. Schedule regular check-ups and sports physicals.

Children should also be attuned to their bodies and alert to pain. Whether injuries occur suddenly or due to repetitive motions, ignoring pain is ill-advised.

Baig emphasizes, “Seek medical attention for any sports injury promptly to avoid complications. Pain or discomfort should never be disregarded, and a doctor can offer the best treatment options.”




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