Now that spring is here and daylight hours are extended, more families will be enrolling their children in sports and recreational activities. While these provide excellent opportunities for your child to have fun while staying physically fit, it is important to be aware of the potential risks. At CCOM Medical Group, our walk-in clinic provides the care your child needs when accidents occur. The following provides information on children’s sports-related injuries, and tips you can use to keep them safe.

 

Children’s Sports Injuries

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than three million children each year require urgent medical care as the result of sports injuries. Whether they are engaged in school-related team sports, such as track, baseball, or swim team, or are enrolled in community recreational programs, young players are often at risk for the following:

 

  • Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Serious cuts and lacerations;
  • Broken bones and hairline fractures;
  • Head and neck injuries, such as whiplash or slipped discs;
  • Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI);
  • Spinal cord injuries.

 

Anytime even a minor injury is suspected, your child should be removed from play and you should visit our urgent care clinic immediately.

 

Tips for Parents

 

Before enrolling your child in any sports or recreational programs, get to know the coaches and talk to other parents of players. To ensure your child is protected during sports and recreational activities, Kids Health recommends the following:

 

  • Coaches and staff should have proper training and certification;
  • The area provided for play should be suitable, with the proper traction and cushioning;
  • Safety gear and equipment should be required and used at all times;
  • Children should receive adequate training and warm up time;
  • Breaks should be frequent, with plenty of water available;
  • When an accident occurs or an injury is suspected, staff should notify parents immediately.

 

Your child should also have a physical before engaging in any sport or recreational activity. To schedule one with our providers, contact CCOM Medical Group and request an appointment at our Muskogee, Oklahoma office. If an injury does occur, our urgent care walk in clinic can provide the diagnostics, care, and treatment your child needs to recover.