For most children, nothing beats the excitement of joining his or her first soccer league or school basketball team. But along with the many benefits of childhood sports and team activities, comes the increased risk of sprains, fractures, and broken bones. While some juvenile sports injuries are inevitable, there are precautions that children and parents can take in order to keep them healthy and enjoying their favorite activities throughout the year.
Common Childhood Athletic Injuries
Accidents can happen at any time, either on the soccer field or even walking home from the bus stop after school. The doctors at Woodbridge, NJ based Edison Pediatrics treat children for common problems like pain, swelling, sprains, and fractures. Depending on the nature and severity, milder conditions like a sprained wrist or ankle often respond to conservative treatments like rest, icing, and over the counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication like Advil and Tylenol. However, it is important to seek medical attention for pain and soreness that persists and does not respond to conservative treatment. Bone fractures and breaks, as well as ligament and tendon tears, require prompt treatment to prevent complications and the potential permanent damage.
Some of the most common athletic injuries for young children and teenagers include:
- Ankle, wrist, and hand sprains and fractures
- Knee pain, ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears, meniscus sprains and tears
- Broken bones and fractures
- Cuts and bruises
Precautions for Preventing Juvenile Sports Injuries
- The most important and basic precaution active children can take is to wear protective gear and proper footwear. Goggles, shin guards and knee pads, and sneakers with the appropriate level of support can make the difference between an injury free season and several trips to the pediatrician.
- Maintain a healthy weight - With obesity growing, especially among children, proper nutrition, and healthy diets are more important than ever. Extra weight puts added pressure and stress on the joints and lower back, which can increase the risk of injury.
Contact a Pediatrician in Woodbridge
Occasional cuts and scrapes and a broken bone or two are a normal part of growing up. For more information on injury prevention and treatment for your children, contact Edison Pediatrics at (732) 548-3210 to schedule an appointment in Woodbridge today. And our fax number is (732)906-3966.