Mitek Sports Medicine, a leader in orthopaedics sports medicine and a part of the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, will sponsor a Youth Health Expo on August 3, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Wheeler Field House, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land. The event is being hosted by Safe Kids Greater Houston and Methodist Center for Sports Medicine- Sugar Land and is open to middle and high school students and parents. Medical specialists will be on-site to provide extracurricular pre-participation physicals and educate participants about common over-training injuries, proper stretching and injury prevention techniques, nutrition, dehydration, concussions and other health topics. The physical is $20 per child and only cash is accepted at the event.
“Sports participation offers a host of benefits for children, including weight management, social skills development and team-building skills, but there can be downsides as well without the proper precautions and training,” said Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., an Orthopedic Surgeon with Methodist Center for Sports Medicine – Sugar Land. “Each year millions of young athletes end up in the emergency room or doctor’s office with injuries that can bring sports participation to a halt. We are pleased that Mitek Sports Medicine is committed to addressing this problem and hope that together we can provide education and reduce the number of injuries in our community.”
The Safe Kids Greater Houston and Methodist Center for Sports Medicine – Sugar Land event is one of several taking place throughout the country as part of a national sports injury prevention educational campaign by Safe Kids Worldwide and supported by Mitek Sports Medicine. The campaign focuses on raising awareness of critical measures to optimize health and prevent sports related injuries, including:
• Pre-Season Medical Screening: These exams can detect underlying conditions the young athlete may have and help to prevent a potential medical emergency.
• Proper Conditioning: To prevent acute and overuse injuries, coaches should teach young athletes proper routines for both warm-ups and cool-downs before and after practice and play, and emphasize the importance of proper technique and equipment. Inadequate warm-up, increased duration, intensity or frequency of activity and playing the same sport year-round can all contribute to an overuse injury.
• Rest: If young athletes are very tired or in pain, coaches and parents should encourage them to rest as this valuable recovery time can help prevent acute and overuse injuries.
• Hydration: Athletes should be encouraged to drink fluids (water or sports drink) 30 minutes before the activity begins and every 15-20 minutes during activity. Coaches should establish mandatory water breaks during practice and games—don’t wait for the child to tell you he/she is thirsty.
• Safety gear: To prevent acute injuries, children playing sports should have access to and consistently use well-maintained safety equipment, such as helmets, during both practices and games.