Spring means many kids are practicing youth sports like soccer and baseball, or in spring training for fall sports like football.
Unfortunately, the CDC reports more than three million children are treated in emergency rooms each year for sports-related injuries.
Dr. Katy Stordahl, ER physician at Children’s Hospital, stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side newsroom studio to talk more about how parents can learn the signs of a child’s possible sports injury.
Top 3 sports injuries seen in the ER:
- Concussions: change in level of alertness, extreme sleepiness, vomiting, bad headache, seizure
- Fractures/Sprains: snap/grinding noise, swelling, bruising, tough to move, warmth & redness, pain in joint
- Lacerations: minor cuts can be treated by rinsing the wound with water and applying pressure with sterile gauze, a bandage or clean cloth
When to bring child to ER:
If your child experiences a serious injury to head, neck or back, any loss of consciousness; numbness, if the wound is large or deep, or if bleeding won’t stop.
- Always wear proper gear, that fits well, for your sport. (including shoes)
- Train properly.
- Warm up.
- Avoid specializing in one sport for kids under the age of 12. (Elite athletes choose a sport and give it their all. But, more and more research shows that specializing in one sport can take a toll on young athlete’s bodies, leading to overuse injuries. These are chronic injuries that may not seem serious at first, but if not treated usually get worse).