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April - Youth Sports Safety Month
Nearly half of all sports injuries that occur (more than 5 million annually) are due to overuse. A common story might sound like this: A nine-year-old boy participates in baseball games and practices 12 months of the year, plays on travel teams, the local park’s little league team and then throws balls in his own backyard every night. Then due to the stress on his still developing body, he suffers an arm injury that permanently sidelines him, and keeps him off the field he loves. His injury doesn’t just affect his life now but may keep him from learning the life-long lessons that athletic participation teaches.
April is Youth Sports Safety Month, so Washington Orthopaedic Center, along with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and the STOP Sports Injuries campaign would like to share some simple tips to help keep kids on the field and out of the operating room:
1. Get a pre-season physical
2. Properly warm up and cool down before and after an activity
3. Obtain instruction on proper training and technique
4. Develop skills that are age appropriate
5. Increase training gradually6. Don’t specialize in one sport
7. Don’t play year-round - rest at the end of each season
8. Don’t play through the pain - speak up if you are hurt
Most overuse injuries are preventable but left untreated, they may require surgery and have lifelong consequences. To learn more, visit STOPSportsInjuries.org for more information.