By the age of 5, children begin to play sports at school or on organized community teams. In a world where obesity is on the rise and where television and video games have become a “sport”, the benefits of physical activity and working together as a team are crucial to a growing child. However, parents need to pay close attention to the potential injuries that can occur and have lasting effects if left untreated.
The most common sports-related injuries are concussions, strains and sprains. Concussions can have lasting effects such as memory problems, chronic headaches, difficulty concentrating and even depression. The problem is many times kids get up after an impact, shake it off and continue playing. When it all actuality, only about 5% of concussions truly knock out the athlete. Teach your child to listen to their bodies and the importance of pain as a warning signal that something serious could be wrong. Running, jumping, tackling, and falling can result in sprains, strains and chronic injuries that can last for days or weeks. Giving your child over-the-counter pain relievers simply masks the pain temporarily deceiving your child into thinking they can do more than they should and potentially causing more damage. Failure to receive proper medical attention can have disastrous consequences. Focus on prevention to keep your child safe and stress the importance of stretching and warming up before beginning any physical activity and staying hydrated.
Chiropractic care can play a significant part in providing prevention education and structural adjustments for your young athlete. As a Chiropractor, I assess the injury site, provide extremity adjusting, stretching and rehabilitation, and teach children how to prevent future injuries. In addition, I work with each child by developing a schedule of care with recommended nutritional protocols to help performance and injury recovery. Your child will absolutely benefit from regular spinal and extremity examinations. Don’t wait for an injury to take place, introduce your family to the benefits of chiropractic care that will keep them safe while allowing them to participate in the activities they enjoy!