Stay active and participating in their favorite sports is great for kids’ bodies and minds. However, whether they are participating in a structured activity or just playing ball outside, there is always a risk that they could get hurt.

Would you know how to help your child if he or she came to you complaining of an injury? We deal with sports-related injuries quite often at AFC Urgent Care Sevierville, so we can offer some great advice on how to help your children below.

Are There Sports Kids Should Avoid?

When it comes to risk of injury, the highest contact sports like football or basketball consistently make the top of every list due to their high intensity and speed. If these sports are some of your child’s favorites, though, there is no need to avoid them completely. Just be aware of the risks and support your child!

Honestly, there is always risk associated with any sort of physical activity, regardless of the sport. Even low- or no-contact sports can cause injury. For example, golfing can cause a variety of shoulder and elbow issues and this sport involves zero contact! Any time your child partakes in physical activity, the risk of injury increases.

Sports Injuries to Watch For

  • Sprains/strains
  • Overuse injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Head or neck injuries, which always be evaluated promptly by a medical professional

Are Sports Injuries Preventable?

Protecting our children is always a priority, but unfortunately it is impossible to completely prevent them from getting hurt. The good news is that we can evaluate them before they even take the field or court through a sports physical. We can help catch any issues or ensure your child is healthy enough to participate.

You can also encourage your child to stay hydrated and make healthy choices for meals and snacks. Proper body function can go a long way in preventing injury. It’s also important that children wear sport-specific safety equipment, practice proper technique and form, and warm up and cool down efficiently.

The Healing Process

  • Use the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate—to reduce swelling and promote healing.
  • Closely monitor any new symptoms
  • Come by for an X-ray or medical visit if you think your child has any internal issues.

Do you think your recent injury is more serious? Visit our AFC team to get an X-ray—no appointment necessary!