Sports participation offers a host of benefits for children, including weight management, social skill development and team-building skills. But there are downsides as well. Every year, millions of young athletes end up in the emergency room or doctor’s office with a sports-related injury.
From sprains and strains to shin splints and Little League elbow, a variety of conditions can bring sports participation to a halt.
Acute injuries occur suddenly, often after a collision or other trauma. Examples include sprains, fractures, torn ligaments, eye injuries, concussions and spinal cord injuries.
Contact sports such as football or basketball may spring to mind but baseball players may also suffer acute injuries from high-speed balls, mid-field collisions and improper sliding.
Reinjury can happen if a child returns to a sport before he or she has properly healed from an injury. Letting the body fully recover from an injury is essential. Otherwise you’re placing extra stress on the injury and forcing the body to compensate for the weakness, which can lead to another injury.
The doctors at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas provide orthopedic exams, treatments and, if necessary, surgical options to help your child overcome a sports-related injury. To make an appointment, call 281-494-MOST (6678).
Learn how you can prevent sports injuries on August 4. Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas will host a Pre-Participation Physicals and Youth Sports Injury Prevention Clinic from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, Sugar Land. The clinic is open to Middle and High School students.
Topics that will be presented while physicals are in session are ACL injuries, nutrition, over-training injuries and concussions. There will also be two cardiologists on-site, B. Keith Ellis, M.D. and Tapan Rami, M.D., to screen for arrhythmias and heart defects.
The cost is $20 cash. Be sure to also bring the UIL Physician Evaluation form which can be printed off our website, MethodistOrthopedics.com/sl_StudentPhysicals. Please RSVP by emailing AskATrainer@tmhs.org. Contact Angela Byrd, LAT, for more information at 832-584-9038.