School season is here and it’s probably time for parents to start signing up their kids for sports! Individual and team sports are a great for your children to experience exercise, teamwork, and sportsmanship! That said, participating in sports can also lead to a variety of youth injuries!
The majority of injuries that occur on the playing field are minor, mostly scrapes and bruises. However, sports have also been the culprit for more serious injuries that, in some cases, can affect the knees, hips, fingers, hands, wrists, and even the spine or brain.
Even though it is unlikely that a school sport will land your child in the hospital with a spinal trauma, it is vitally important that you be prepared for the worst in order to keep your child safe this sports season!
Here are just a few suggestions for you child from your sports chiropractors in Vancouver WA:
- Take necessary steps to make sure they have the proper equipment to participate: We understand how expensive sports can be, and those expenses can add up. That said, it is important to not cut corners when it comes to safety! Your children are still growing, so it is important that their bodies and head have that extra protection.
- Schedule pre-season physicals and check ups early: It might seem over the top, but, just to be on the safe side, check with your child’s doctor before participating in any sports. Your doctor will do a physical check to make sure that your child is in the best possible shape for playing.
- Remember that chiropractic care helps athletes of all ages: It might seem silly to send your child to a chiropractor, but chiropractic care is a gentle and effective way to make sure your child’s spine is both aligned and healthy. Making sure that they have a healthy spine can help them play better and prevent injuries.
- Proper coaching and officiating can help keep injuries at bay: Check to make sure that coaches and referees realize that youth sports are for the youth. Their health and safety should be the priority, meaning that the coach doesn’t push a child past their playing limits, and the referee stops injuries/fights between players before they escalate. If you notice something off about either the officiant or the coach, do not be afraid to voice your complaints!
- Keep your child hydrated at all times: Teach your child about the importance of drinking enough water throughout the game, especially when it’s hot. This will help them play better and prevent injuries.
- Know where the nearest medical service is located: Having a medical service nearby (better yet, on the field) can prevent injuries and major issues.
School sports are a lot of fun for the whole family. Injuries, however, can ruin the entire season! Being a proactive parent this season means you are doing your best to prevent injuries and know what to do in the case of an emergency!