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Are you making 3 of the most common mistakes when your child athlete returns to play following an injury with head or neck pain?
We live in a world-wide culture of competitive sport; from Super Bowls to little league football, from the summer Olympics to high school track & field and everything in between. Parents commonly encourage their children to participate in sports.
Why not? Sports are good for our health, encourage interpersonal growth and games are fun to play. But, what happens if the encouragement to participate, following an injury, supersedes what is best for the child athlete?
We often hear of professional athletes playing through their injuries when their professional careers are on the line and their team mates are relying on their ability to perform. However, professional athletes have access to the best medical recovery related resources available. Amateur child athletes rarely have the same resources. Check out these professional athletes who played hurt. Does this same “play at all costs” mentality apply to younger athletes? Where is the line drawn between risk of injury and what is best for the athlete?
Tracy Yatsko- a tenth-grade starting forward for the Tamaqua Lady Raiders of Penn Township, Penn. was injured in a basketball game. Her premature return to play following a head injury ended her career before it even got started. Parents, coaches and athletes should understand the risks associated with various types of injuries common to the sport the child is playing. Head and neck injuries are high on that list and parents need to look out for more than just headaches and neck pain.
What are the 3 biggest injury related mistakes a parent can make?
1. Lack of injury awareness
The signs and symptoms related to injuries can be missed, even by doctors. Parents know their children best and may be able to pick up on subtle signs and symptoms related to injuries. Parents and the athlete should educate themselves on the common signs to look out for related to their particular sports.
2. Return to play too soon following injury
If an athlete is injured get them examined by a doctor qualified and experienced with those types of sports injuries. Better safe than to unnecessarily put your child at risk for permanent injury by prematurely returning them to play.
3. No evaluation or incomplete evaluation
If an athlete is injured get them examined by a doctor qualified and experienced with those types of sports injuries. Better safe than to unnecessarily put your child at risk for permanent injury.
Here at Redenbaugh Chiropractic we properly evaluate athletes for injuries related to their neck, spine and low back. We look at more than just the symptoms of headaches, neck pain and low back strains. We also work with other community physicians to coordinate proper care for your young athlete. If you have any injury related questions pertaining to your child, please contact us today we are here to help.