For young athletes, March means more than warmer temperatures; it signals a return to the field. Young baseball and soccer players are trading in their snow boots for cleats as practices kick into high gear.
SSM Cardinal Glennon SportsCare has some great tips to keep athletes safe this season.
Know the signs of concussions Most sports have the potential to cause concussion, a brain injury usually caused by a sudden jolt or blow to the head or neck that disrupts normal brain function.
You may observe that an athlete with a concussion appears dazed or stunned, is confused, has a behavior or personality change, or exhibits unsteadiness and moves clumsily.
Concussion symptoms include:
• Headache • Double or fuzzy vision • Sensitivity to light or noise • Feelings of being "in a fog" • Nausea • Confusion • Balance problems/dizziness • Concentration, memory problems
An athlete with signs of a concussion should be removed from play immediately and not return until evaluated by a doctor. Do not leave an athlete alone after a concussion.
Call for immediate medical help if your child displays a headache that gets worse or is severe, confusion or extreme sleepiness, seizures, vomiting more than once, or any other sudden change in thinking or behavior.
Common baseball injuries
Pitching and throwing can lead to overuse injuries in the arms, elbows and shoulders. Tissue such as bone, cartilage or tendon can become damaged by repetitive motion activities. Without adequate time for recovery, the tissue cannot adapt to the demands placed on it.
Symptoms of overuse injuries, also considered chronic sports injuries, include pain when performing the activity or sport, dull pain even at rest, swelling and inability to straighten the elbow.
If symptoms persist, take your child to see a pediatrician or a pediatric orthopedic specialist.
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Common soccer injuries The most common injury in sports is a lateral ankle sprain. This injury occurs in soccer by rolling the ankle over the outside of the foot. This often occurs when planting for a sudden change of direction, jumping for a header, or stepping on another player's foot. In some cases a "pop" is felt or heard by the athlete.
Treatment recommendations vary with the severity of the injury:
• Mild sprains require rest, but not necessarily medical treatment • Injuries with persistent swelling, pain or any deformity should be seen by a physician
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