Not every injury is immediately obvious. Parents, watch out for these warning signs in your athlete.
When it comes to healthy pastimes for your kids, you really can't get any better than sports teams and games. Most sports provide plenty of exercise and fresh air, along with important lessons on team work and goal setting. Unfortunately, participation in sports also comes with a risk of certain injuries. If you have an athlete in your family, keep an eye out for these tell-tale signs of a sports injury.
- Swelling – Check out any injury that results in puffiness or red skin.
- Painful joints – Whether it's in the elbows, knees, ankles, wrists, or hips, no child should suffer the consequences of a damaged joint.
- Difficulties walking – Many sports injuries make it difficult to put weight on a foot or leg. If your child starts to limp, even if it only happens mildly and intermittently, get it checked out.
- A dull ache – Athletes may feel fine during the day, but a mild ache could settle in during times of sleep or rest. A sports medicine doctor can help you find the root cause.
- Recurring pains – Sometimes discomfort will only appear during certain movements, especially while making similar frequent motions again and again, as athletes tend to do when they are assigned a specific position on the field.
If you suspect your child has a sports injury, turn to the orthopedic care team at Denton Regional! We'll create a personalized treatment plan and get your little athlete back on his feet and in top health. Give us a call at 1-855-477-DRMC (3762) to receive a physician referral and make an appointment.