More than 60 million American children participate in organized sports every year, according to a report by Kids Health. While sportsmanship helps build character, strength, and even promotes healthy exercise at an early age, Anu R. Pathak, MD, understands that it also increases your child’s risk of sports injuries. As an experienced pediatrician in practice for over 20 years, Dr. Pathak can evaluate and treat a variety of sports injuries at her office in Southbridge, Massachusetts. Whether your child has a concussion or a sprain, call the office or schedule an appointment online to get expert care for your child’s sports injuries
A sports injury is characterized by an injury that occurs during physical activity, including exercise and organized sports. While sports injuries often happen to adults due to overtraining, lack of proper conditioning, poor form, and more, children are also at risk.
Children, particularly before the age of eight, lack the coordination and reaction times of adults because they’re still developing. They may also struggle to avoid the risks of certain sports and other activities like adults might because they aren’t thinking of getting injured.
Some of the most common sports injuries in children and teens include:
While overuse injuries are more common in teens and adults than children, your child’s risk of developing one increases the more they participate in a certain sport or physical activity.
The most common overuse injuries in children and teens are:
Overuse injuries occur most frequently due to poor form, inadequate warm-ups, overexertion, or improper equipment. They also happen more often during growth spurts.
If you suspect your child has a concussion—an injury that causes a disruption in brain function—call Dr. Pathak right away. Concussions typically happen during contact sports like hockey, football, wrestling, and rugby. However, your child can also get a concussion from failing to wear a helmet while skateboarding or riding a bike.
A concussion isn’t always obvious, so look out for the following concussion symptoms if you think your child has a head injury:
If Dr. Pathak determines that your child has a concussion, they must be closely monitored to watch out for escalating symptoms. Your child should also rest and take a break from both mental and physical activity until Dr. Pathak clears them to participate again.
When diagnosing and treating a sports injury, you need a pediatrician you can trust to care for your child like family. Call Anu R. Pathak, MD, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.