How excited is your family that spring sports are in full swing? There is probably no one more excited than your young athlete!

But before we fully dive in to the joys of spring sports, it's important to take precautions to ensure we're doing so safely.

No matter what happens this spring, Parkridge Bone & Joint is here to help your athlete get back on the field if an injury occurs. But the best treatment for a sports injury is prevention.

Step 1: Get a Sports Physical

Before the season gets underway, it's important to schedule a sports physical to ensure your young athlete is ready to take the field.

Even if your child had an annual wellness exam, he or she still needs to undergo a sports physical. This checkup is specifically designed to ensure your child's health and fitness are where they need to be to participate in physical activity.

An exam will review previous injuries, examine your child's cardiovascular and respiratory health, and ensure you know what equipment is needed to protect your child on the field or court.

Step 2: Understand Common Injuries

While an injury can happen at any time, certain injuries occur more often during the spring sports season. It's important to know what injuries are common, so that you can take steps to help prevent them.

Common injuries include:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Groin pulls
  • Hamstring strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints

Step 3: Practice Sports Safety

It is important at the very start of the season—no matter if your athlete is at practice or during a game—that he or she is doing everything possible to stay safe.

First, make sure your athlete stays hydrated at all times. While water is the best source of fluids for your athlete, sports drinks can help to repair muscles after a game. Choose low- or no-sugar options to avoid excess caloric intake.

Second, ensure that your child gets a good balance of exercise and rest. Too much physical activity without a period of restoration, particularly if the activity involves repetitive movement, can lead to fatigue and even overuse injuries.

And finally, make sure your child is geared up appropriately. Each sport has specific equipment that's required to help ensure your child stays safe on the field or court. Ensure that your child has the right equipment and wears it correctly.

Did your athlete suffer an injury during a recent practice or game? Make an appointment at Parkridge Bone & Joint, or visit our Walk-In Clinic today for a medical evaluation to get back on the field as soon as possible!