It’s a parental thing. No one wants to see their child injured, but if your kids participate in sports at school, or in leisure time sport activities, injuries are going to happen. We pretty much accept that, but still wish full body armor was required. Foot and ankle injuries are among the most common, regardless of the age of the athlete. Having said that, what can be done to minimize the risks, and eliminate those unfortunate circumstances that could have been prevented?
Once your little one is ready to go meet his or her teammates, what potential injuries lurk on the playing field? The most common injuries belong to a class called “overuse” injuries. The constant running, jumping, and rapid starts and stops can cause:
Make sure adequate time is spent on warm up stretches and exercises, and that proper training and conditioning are being stressed. For example, if your youngster plans on going out for the football team, don’t let him wait until the first scrimmage of the season before he starts conditioning. He should begin conditioning over the summer. If your child is injured, acknowledge that fact and seek medical treatment. Don’t dare to be great. Stop playing immediately or the injury could worsen, and ultimately they will lose more playing time. Use the RICE technique; Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation and call Drs. Brook and Northcutt from Dallas Podiatry Works at (972) 566-7474 or (972) 943-3323. Their expert hands-on care will help your youngster get back in the lineup.