Young Ankles Take A Beating As Spring Sports Seasons Start Up

 

According to BostonGlobe.com, three out of four American families with school-aged children have at least one playing an organized sport. That’s a total of 45 million children throughout the United States. Being involved in a sport or physical activity reaps great rewards for children such as health (both physical and mental), learning the importance of teamwork and establishes healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Although, despite all of its benefits, sport activity leads to the unavoidable foot and ankle injuries. Let’s take a look at how you as parents, can help prevent future injuries.

 

  • Proper Footwear: It is important that you provide the proper footwear for your children. Shoes specifically designed and constructed for a specific sport are highly recommended. We know that some children may be picky when it comes to choosing shoes, but it is extremely important that you provide the proper cleat, running shoe, basketball shoe etc. for your child’s sport.
  • Talk with their Coaches: Communicate with your child’s coach on whether or not they are educated on first aid and what happens in an emergency situation. It is important to make sure your child’s coach is committed to the program. Developing a relationship with your child’s coach is a great way to get involved and be more preventative to future injuries.
  • Examine the fields: At your child’s next game or event, try to arrive a few minutes early and if you have access to the field, examine for any gopher holes, divots and loose earth. These are causes of sprains, strains or fractures just waiting to happen but with extra caution, these can be prevented.
  • Perform Warm-Ups: In your child’s pregame routine, it is important that they perform a proper warm-up. Have them stretch before and after every game. It’s also extremely important that your child is fully hydrated before, after and throughout any physical activity.
  • Visit a Podiatrist: It is important to plan a preseason physical examination by a podiatric professional to prevent any foot and ankle injury that can potentially lead to any serious and long lasting injury.

 

The growth plates in your child’s bones are not completed until their late teens. The immature bones together with the surrounding tendons and ligaments are more susceptible to both traumatic and stress injuries. It is important to remember not to overtrain your child as he or she is still developing. By following these simple guidelines, it will help prevent your child from many foot and ankle injuries.

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