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Preventing Sports Injuries in Children

When children start engaging in sports activities, injuries can become quite frequent. Many are scrapes and bruises, but others can be more severe and even lead to permanent damage so it is important for parents and teachers to be aware of how to prevent injuries.

The following are some of the most common injuries that occur during sports:

  • Sprains – Rolling over your ankle can cause the outer ligaments to stretch or tear and lead to inflammation, bruising, and pain.
  • Fractures – Applying too much force to a bone can cause anything from a small crack to a full break. An orthopedic shoe, cast, or surgery may be necessary for serious fractures.
  • Sever’s disease – A common injury that affects the heel growth plate, causing inflammation and pain in the area. Heel inserts can be used for cushioning.
  • Overuse injuries – Sports that require repetitive motions can cause tendinitis, which is the inflammation of the tendon. Achilles tendinitis is a common condition in activities with a lot of jumping and running.

Prevention

  • Make sure facilities are properly maintained and are appropriate for the sport
  • Coaches should be certified in athletic training and first aid/CPR in the event that an injury occurs
  • Children should have properly-fitting gear and protection
  • Activities should involve warming up, stretching before and cooling down afterwards
  • Stay hydrated
  • Stop activity at the first sign of discomfort or pain, or if tired

Despite these measures, sometimes accidents occur. If your child gets injured, seek immediate medical attention and see a podiatrist for foot and ankle injuries. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico of Syracuse Podiatry serves patients all across Central New York of all ages. Dr. D’Amico is board-certified and specializes in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, so no matter how serious the injury is, he can treat your children’s injuries and get them back on their feet! Aside from treating sports injuries, Dr. D’Amico treats all types of podiatric issues such as bunions, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, diabetic foot problems. Please call us at (315) 446-3668 to schedule an appointment at our modern office in Fayetteville, NY.

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