Get a pre-participation physical exam
A physical will uncover deficiencies in strength, balance and joint mobility, which can lead to injury.
Before your child’s sports season starts, get them training and participating in activities so they start the season in good physical condition.
Your child should be drinking fluids—water or sports drinks—before, during and after a game or practice. Avoid caffeine as it drains fluids from the body.
Use proper technique
Ensure your child understands the rules of a sport and abides by them. Many injuries can be avoided through the use of proper technique.
Maintain sporting equipment
Ensure your child has the proper equipment for their sport and that it is kept in good condition. Check that everything fits correctly, as your child may have grown.
Ensure your child is getting enough sleep to give their body the time it needs to naturally heal itself.
When should you seek medical care?
Seek immediate medical care if:
- You suspect your child has a concussion or head injury
- Your child shows signs and symptoms related to heat illness, including dizziness, headache, nausea, and vomiting
- Your child can’t walk, has a severe limp or significant swelling
For other sports-related injuries, you can start with self-care treatments such as RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate.
- Rest – Your child should rest until he or she feels fully recovered and painful symptoms are gone.
- Ice – For the first 48 hours, ice the injury for 20 minutes at a time every three to four hours, which will help to reduce inflammation.
- Compression – An elastic bandage should be applied to the injury so it is snug but not cutting off circulation. This will help reduce the swelling.
- Elevate – Elevate the injured area above your child’s head, if possible.
If your child’s condition does not improve within 48 hours using self-care techniques, then seek medical attention.
At Fairview, our sports medicine specialists will not only treat your child’s unique injury, they will coordinate and manage each step of the care process. Request an appointment online or call 612-672-7100.
Watch Adam and his mom, Nancy, talk about his treatment and rehabilitation from Fairview for a knee injury.