Sports season is an exciting time for children and their families. It is a time of competition, good sportsmanship and trials of physical endurance and ability. It is important to remind all sports participants to wear appropriate safety equipment to minimize the chance of injury. Parents need to initiate a conversation with their child about the seriousness of injuries. Children must be honest about sprains, falls and other injuries because further trauma on an existing injury can cause long-lasting or even permanent damage. Rest and recovery is an important part of an athlete’s life as it ensures that the athlete returns to top form and performs to his/her potential without further risk of injury as well as remaining a full contributing member of his/her team.
All head injuries should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible for the possibility of a concussion. A child who experiences any loss of consciousness or exhibits severe symptoms of vomiting, fainting, vision changes or altered mental status, please call 911 and seek immediate medical attention for your child at a hospital emergency room.
Any sport can be physically demanding on a young body. It is especially important for children who participate in sports to have annual physicals to determine if they are physically fit and healthy for sports as well as to discuss any concerns regarding their health. Chronic aches and pains need to be discussed with the pediatrician because repetitive movements can worsen and stress parts of the body creating a situation susceptible to injury.
Make sure your child has their annual physical prior to the start of the sports season. We recommend calling three months or more before the physical is needed to have your choice of time that is convenient for your schedule.