Youth Sports Injuries Overview
A new school year is right around the corner for students in the East Texas area. This means competitive sports will be in full swing. According to the CDC, participation in organized sports continues to rise. Unfortunately, this increase in participation has also led to a rise in youth sports injuries. The pain management doctors at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler are available to treat a number of common sports injuries this school year in East Texas youth.
Statistics of Youth Sports Injuries
According to STOP Sports Injuries, a leading online source of information for youth sports injury education and prevention, nearly 30 million children and adolescents in the United States participate in youth sports each year. Many of these young athletes will become injured while competing in school-related sports. Here are some surprising statistics:
- More than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 years receive medical treatment each year for a sports injury.
- Children between the ages of 5-14 years account for about 40% of all sports injuries treated in a hospital.
- High school athletes account for approximately 2 million youth sports injuries each year.
- Overuse injuries are responsible for about half of all injuries in middle and high school athletes.
- More than half of all youth sports injuries are preventable according to the CDC.
Most Common Youth Sports Injuries
School-related competitive sports provide a number of social and physical benefits, but they also bring the risk of sports injuries. The most commonly diagnosed youth sports injuries include:
- A sprain to a ligament or a strain to a muscle. An ankle sprain is the most common sprain/strain found in young athletes.
- Repetitive motion injuries caused by joint overuse, including tendonitis, stress fractures and bursitis.
- Growth plate injuries- The growth plate is the area of developing tissues located at the end of the long bones in children and adolescents who are still growing. When growth is complete, these growth plates are replaced by solid bone.
Preventing Youth Sports Injuries
Prevention is key when it comes to many youth sports injuries. If your child is involved in sports, it is important to enroll the child in athletic teams that have coaches and staff who are trained in first aid and/or have athletic trainers. The proper sized equipment should always be used at practice and at game time. Make sure your child receives the proper amount of rest and recovery in order to eliminate the risk of overuse injuries.
Treating Youth Sports Injuries with the Help of Pain Management Doctors
If an injury occurs in a young athlete, it is highly recommended they receive medical attention from a pain management doctor immediately. ‘Playing through the pain’ is not a proper approach since the body is still developing and growing in many young athletes. Ignoring a simple injury can often lead to a chronic joint condition.
Treatment for youth sports injuries varies depending on the injury present. Many sports injuries involve soft tissue injuries, such as a sprain or strain, or a simple bone injury that can be easily treated with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. A pain management doctor is able to provide detailed instructions on the proper RICE method to each patient. In more severe injuries, pain management injections or physical therapy may be necessary to alleviate symptoms while the body heals.
For additional information on preventing and treating youth sports injuries, please contact the East Texas pain management doctors at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler today.