Sports are a great way for children to learn many important life lessons, such as teamwork and accountability. But while participating in sports activities can be extremely beneficial, it’s not without its own set of risks. Unfortunately, millions of children end up in the emergency room every year due to sports-related injuries. Here are the most common sports-related injuries in children.
1. Sprains and Strains
The most common sport-related injury in children is sprains and strains. A sprain occurs when a ligament is torn or stretched, while a strain occurs when the muscles or tendons are overworked. Sprains and strains can occur in many different parts of the body, including the knees, wrists, and ankles. The best way to prevent sprains and strains is by having kids warm up for a minimum of 5 minutes before playing. Additionally, safety gear can help minimize the occurrence of these injuries.
Fractures are the next most common type of sports-related injuries in children. A fracture is a broken bone that commonly result from a collision, a fall, or overuse. Fractures in the arm, leg, or wrist are the most common among children in sports. Protective gear, such as knee pads can help to reduce the. Likelihood of fractures. It’s also important that children participate in age-appropriate activities.
3. Joint Dislocations
A joint dislocation occurs when a bone moves out of place. This is very common in the shoulder or elbow and can be extremely painful, cause swelling, and prevent the affected area from functioning normally. Again, protective gear, such as knee shoulder pads can help to prevent joint dislocations. As can maintaining regular physical acticity so as muscles remain strong and children will be less likely to suffer dislocations.
Many sports can result in a blow to the head or sudden impact to the body. When this transpires it can cause a concussion. Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can result in a number of symptoms, such as headache, dizziness, confusion, memory loss, or even loss of consciousness. However, it’s important to note that loss of consciousness is not required to have suffered a concussion. Wearing proper headgear and mouthguard can reduce the likelihood of suffering this type of injury.
5. Overuse Injuries
The final common sports-related injury among children is overuse injuries. Overuse injuries, as their name would suggest, occur when a child repeats the same motion over and over again. This could be as simple as throwing a baseball. Overuse injuries can result in pain, swelling, and discomfort. Participating in a variety of different activities, stretching regularly, and taking breaks can help to prevent overuse injuries.
Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC Can Help Children in VA Who Have Suffered Sport-Related Injuries
If you believe that your child has sustained a sport-related injury due to negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to damages. It’s extremely important to seek immediate medical attention. In most cases, children will be able to make a full recovery. At Surovell Isaacs & Levy PLC, we have experience with personal injury law and issues related to sports injuries. We will help you to fight for what it is that you deserve. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, contact us today!
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