Sports Injuries in Children Questions and Answers

Sports Injuries in Children Questions and Answers

Visit Night Lite Pediatrics if your child has received a sports injury or is dealing with complications from a sports injury, our pediatricians will be able to help diagnose and offer treatment options to help with their condition. Call us for more information. We serve patients from Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.

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Sports Injuries in Children Treatment Near Me in Greater Orlando, Jacksonville, West Melbourne, and Port St Lucie Florida areas.

Many children play sports each day, and many endure some of the most common sports injuries like strains and fractures. These injuries can happen in any sport, and often at the most inopportune times, especially when they play in competitive team sports like football, basketball, soccer, ice hockey, baseball, and softball, as well as any activities involving repetitive movements like dance, cheer leading, and gymnastics.

What are sports injuries?

There are a variety of sport injuries children can have happened to them when playing competitive sports or repetitive movements. These injuries can cause complications in the future if they do not heal properly, the most seen sports injuries include:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Achilles’ tendon rupture
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Rotator cuff injury

What are the most common sports injuries in children?

Different injuries will produce different injury symptoms, as well as complications. The most common sports injuries that happen to children include:

  • Sprains
    Sprains occur when you overstretch or tear a ligament in your body.
  • Strains
    Strains occur when you overstretch or tear the muscles or tendons.
  • Knee injuries
    Knee injuries often interfere with how the knee joint moves. It can range from an overstretch to a tear in the muscles or the tissues in the knee.
  • Swollen muscles
    Swelling is a natural reaction that occurs when you have an injury. The swollen muscles may also become painful and weak.
  • Achilles’ tendon rupture
    Sometimes during sports, the Achilles’ tendon can break or rupture, causing sudden and severe pain and may be difficult to walk.
  • Fractures
    Fractures are also known as broken bones.
  • Dislocations
    Too often we see dislocations from sports injuries. When this occurs, the bone is forced out of its socket, which can be painful and lead to swelling and weakness.
  • Rotator cuff injury
    The rotator cuff works as four pieces of muscle together and keeps the shoulder moving in all directions. A tear in any of the muscles can then weaken the rotator cuff.

Usually, with most injuries, the sports treatment may be the same, the main treatment often used with sports injuries is the RICE method, which stands for:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

This treatment is helpful for mild sports injuries. As well, taking anti-inflammatories and pain relievers can help with swelling and the pain of the injury, make sure to talk to your child’s doctor about the medications they can take for their sports injury.

If your sports injury is on the severe side, make an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible, or visit emergency care if:

  • Severe swelling and pain
  • Visible lumps, bumps, or other deformities
  • Popping and/or crunching sounds
  • Weakness or the inability to put weight on the limb
  • Instability
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness
  • Fever

What are the 4 types of sports injuries?

Children are joining sports much earlier than in previous generations, due to this, sports injuries in children are becoming more common. With young athletes still growing, they are now at a greater risk for sports injuries than adults are, and they also suffer greater consequences as sports injuries can disrupt their growth, development, or bad habits and future health problems.

The most common injuries in children are:

  • Jumpers Knee
    Notice tenderness in the knee or the upper shin area from repeatedly pulled tendons causing inflammation and pain.
  • Little Leaguer’s Elbow or Shoulder
    Pain in the elbow or shoulder area occurs with repetitive overhead throwing maneuvers that can damage the growth plates and cause inflammation in the bones in the arm.
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
    Knee pain and swelling occur when a piece of the cartilage in the knee joint separates from the joint surface.
  • Sever’s disease
    Heel pain also occurs with limping, this happens from repetitive running or jumping activities which can cause the Achilles tendon to pull on the heel bone.
  • Shin splints
    Pain and tenderness are felt in the shin area, this mostly occurs from excessive running or running on hard surfaces like concrete.
  • Spondylolysis
    Back pain is caused by excessive flexion and extension in the lower back. It is commonly seen from children that are football lineman, gymnasts, and ice skaters. 

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