If you have a child, you know just how much harm coming to your child is every parent’s worst nightmare. From concussions to broken limbs, to parents there are plenty of apparent danger zones, and school and extracurricular sports can lead to major injuries for your child.
Common Children’s Sports Injuries
Broken Bones: Broken bones are extremely painful and, apart from signing the cast, not much fun. Broken bones are commonest with children who play contact sports and those who play running sports such as rounders or cross-country.
Concussion: Concussions can cause serious side effects and most often occur in sports that use equipment such as balls and skateboards, which can be difficult to master.
Inflammation: Although some parents may be begging their children to get off the sofa, if your child regularly plays strenuous sports, it is possible that they may develop repetitive strain injuries such as swimmer’s shoulder, which is caused by an inflammation on the shoulder blade.
Strain and pains: Regular sport may also lead to painful conditions such as shin splints, which is caused by repeated strain such as overtraining.
When should you seek medical care?
When your child injures themselves, it can be difficult to know what treatment you should seek through your haze of worry. Although many sports injuries can be treated at home, such as cuts and bruises, you should seek immediate medical care if their injury is impacting their ability to walk. You should also seek medical care if they are in severe pain, if you believe that their injury is infected, if they feel nauseous or if swelling increases over time. If you are not sure, you should discuss your situation with a helpline before booking an appointment.
What type of medical care may they need?
Knowing what medical care your children may need can help to calm both you and your child down. Children with severe injuries such as broken bones and concussion may need to visit a hospital so that they can have a cast fitted or be checked for other underlying conditions caused by concussion. If your child has a long-term injury, they may need to visit a physiotherapist, or have an alternative treatment. Airrosti provides alternative treatment to surgery for sporting injuries such as chiropractic or physical therapy treatments which can help your child recover.
How to Help a Child Recover
Seeing your child upset can be extremely difficult for a parent, and it is difficult to understand how to help them through it. If your child is unable to play sports, you should explain why they cannot play sports in terms that they will understand. You should suggest that they can still participate in other ways, such as promoting the team. Many schools have a range of extracurricular activities that your child may wish to participate in instead, such as drama.
As you will know, children are prone to injury and, from stubbed toes to bee stings, it can seem as if there is an endless list of possible injuries and reasons why their shouts can be heard down the corridor. However, sporting injuries are common in children and so it is vital that you know what to do if they hurt themselves. By providing the right support for your child, you will be able to put both you and your child at ease.