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Overuse Injuries Common in Children Who Play Sports Year-Round

 

 

As much fun as extracurricular activities may be, there’s no denying that these strenuous practices can take a toll on children’s bodies. Whether it’s football, soccer or cheerleading, these activities all risk overuse injuries that can hinder their academics and emotional well-being.

Soreness is a common problem among student athletes. Since it’s a common complaint among children, it often goes unattended, but soreness can lead to more serious injuries if left ignored. If your child is complaining about this ailment, have them rest, ice, and elevate any painful wrists or ankles. More serious issues will include swelling, tenderness, or trouble putting weight on the area. In this case, you many want to stop by your local RedMed Urgent Clinic to have your child evaluated.

If the soreness is causing problems with the head, neck, shoulders, or spine, you should get immediate care. These types of injuries can lead to long-term harm if left untreated. Subsequent injuries may include memory loss, headaches, dizziness, nausea, and impaired vision, which are usually triggered by head and neck injuries. If your child has any of these symptoms, ensure that they refrain from continuing their activities and seek medical assistance.

When children overdo their physical activities, they may experience injuries such as tendinitis, shin splints, and runners knee. These injuries are usually instigated by long periods of physical activity without safe stretching and warm-up exercises.

Pulled muscles are another common injury that should be treated appropriately.   Unfortunately, pulled muscles are often treated as inconveniences rather than injuries, so they get ignored. Nevertheless, doctors recommend that all injuries, even if minor, should be addressed because children’s developing bodies need time to heal.

To prevent these injuries, it is vital to remind your child to stretch effectively before a game, a run or any workout.

If your child does endure a sports injury from overuse or otherwise, stop by RedMed to see one of our medical professionals who can treat your child’s ailment and help suggest ways to prevent problems in the future. We maintain a team of highly qualified medical professionals at all of our locations who are ready to serve you and as always, walk-ins are welcome!