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Sports can benefit kids in many ways by building confidence, improving health and teaching teamwork. Some sports also come with the risk of injuries. Parents need to be aware of what could happen and know about the most common sports injuries in kids.
Sprains and Strains
You need to be prepared for many sprains and strains in your kids. These injuries occur when muscles or ligaments area overused, overextended or contracted unnaturally. They can cause a dull ache and swelling. Rest, ice and relaxation often help to relieve the pain until the sprain or strain heals.
Contusions are common in all types of sports. You child might be hit hard in a contact sport like football or could hit something when swimming or running. Contusions come in all sizes from serious bruises to visibly swollen lumps. You want to apply a cold compress and keep your child as still as possible. If the contusion is very large or located on the head, then see a doctor.
Loosing or Breaking a Tooth
It is common for kids to break or lose a tooth while playing sports. This can be a painful and frightening experience for children. If this occurs, your child may need emergency dental care. It’s important to go to a dentist that can take care of these injuries. Bring the tooth or chipped piece along with you if possible.
Fractures are partial breaks or cracks that appear in the bones of children. They are caused by a hard impact or forced rotation of a limb. Fractures will cause persistent pain and potentially inflammation. The best policy is to immobilize the area with a splint and get to a hospital immediately.
Growth Plate Injuries
Growth plates are the growing ends of the bones in children. Sports that are hard on the body like gymnastics or football can cause injuries to the growth plates. Treat this like a sprain unless the pain persists, movement is limited or the joints bend in the wrong direction. See a doctor if you notice those complications.
Concussions occur after a blow to the head. They are characterized by dizziness, confusion, nausea and sometimes faintness. If your child was hit in the head and has any of those signs, then get medical attention immediately to prevent serious complications.
You do not want to jeopardize the health of your child. If you feel an injury might be very serious, then do not hesitate to visit a doctor as soon as possible. Pay attention after your kids are done playing sports. Ask about aches or pain. Catching injuries early on can keep your child healthy, happy and active.