As summer draws to a close and the back-to-school season approaches, many students eagerly prepare to participate in their favorite sports. While sports offer social interaction and physical fitness, it's essential to be aware of the potential injuries that can occur. Young athletes, parents, and coaches should prioritize injury prevention to ensure a safe and enjoyable sports season.
Having awareness of the top injuries in youth sports can help ensure the safety and well-being of athletes. Common injuries to be mindful of are:
- Sprains and Strains: Amongst the most common injuries seen in youth sports are strains and sprains. Caused by sudden movements, overexertion, or poor conditioning, the ankles and knees are most vulnerable. For prevention, athletes should engage in proper warm-up and stretching routines before increasing their activity levels.
- Concussions: Concussions have gained significant attention in recent years due to their potential long-term effects.1 Football, soccer, and basketball have a higher risk of injury due to the forceful impacts experienced on the field or court. Remember to always practice proper technique, wear a helmet, and use protective gear to stay safe.
- Fractures: Broken bones are common in high-impact sports like football and soccer. Fractures often occur due to collisions or falls. Following the rules and regulations and being mindful of maintaining proper form can help reduce the risk of fractures.
- Dislocation: Dislocation of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and fingers are common injuries reported in sports. The shoulder joint in particular is the most common to result in dislocation. Shoulders have the broadest range of motion of the joints and account for approximately 54.9 % of school-related dislocations.2
Awareness of common top injuries in youth-related sports and implementing preventative measures can reduce the risk of injury. Parents, coaches, and athletes working together can create an environment where young athletes can thrive safely and enjoy the sports experience to the fullest. If you have been injured playing a back-to-school sport, please make an appointment with the knowledgeable team at Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine today.
Dr. Ramesh Chandra has been practicing orthopaedic surgery in the Washington DC Metropolitan area since 1984. The Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is easily accessed from anywhere in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with offices located in Falls Church, Reston/Herndon, and Tysons Corner.