Sports Injury Prevention

As summer comes to an end, it means going back to school playing fall sports. Unfortunately, with the beginning of a new season of sports, also comes increased risk for sports-related injuries. Nearly 3 million emergency department visits every year in the United States are caused by youth sports, according to new federal estimates. Sports injuries can range from minor to severe, and in some extreme cases, may require surgery and rehabilitation to fully heal.

Many people play sports in some way or another, whether they are playing for fun or competitively. There are many different sports injuries, and certain parts of the body are more prone to damage than others. These injuries may be caused from lack of strength and impaired mechanics, use of the wrong equipment, or due to an accident. Injuries can also occur when a person is not properly conditioned to play the sport, such as not warming up or stretching muscles beforehand. Whether your child plays football, volleyball, cross country running, softball, etc. ... you should be aware of the following most common injuries that tend to occur during this time of year. These injuries include but are not limited to:

  1. Sprains and strains: The most common injuries are strains and strains. A sprain occurs when a ligament overstretches or tears, while a strain is known as a pulled muscle, when a muscle or tendon stretches too far. Mild hip, knee, and shoulder injuries can be tendonitis or inflammation within a tendon.

  2. Concussions: A concussion is an injury to the brain that results from a blow to the head. Symptoms include disorientation, vision problems, headache, dizziness, memory loss, loss of balance, difficulty concentrating, and nausea.

  3. ACL Tears: An ACL tear is noted as one of the most common injuries among athletes. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears when there is excessive force. The ACL is an important stabilizing ligament within the knee. Symptoms include knee pain, swelling, decreased range of motion, and difficulty walking.

How to help prevent injuries:

  1. Have a pre-examination before starting the sports season. It is mandatory that every athlete has a physical before practice begins!

  2. Stay hydrated and eat healthy food to fuel your body.

  3. Don’t overstrain, but stretch and train moderately.

  4. Wear the right shoes and use the right sport equipment

  5. Achieve adequate strength in correct muscles to help stabilize joints and have them work efficiently.

  6. Don't ignore pain. We can help you play at your desired level of performance.

If something doesn't seem right, for example, your child is limping or throwing differently it is best to seek an assessment. Amanda Marts, Occupational Therapist at Pioneer Memorial commented: "Physical therapy is a safe, affordable, and effective way to manage your pain while providing you long-lasting benefits." Injuries can be evaluated by our Physical Therapists at Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services either at our Viborg or Parker locations. If you need to schedule an appointment, call (605) 326-3009.

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