Kids And Sports Injuries – Winning Trophies Not Plaster Casts

Growing child obesity rates are encouraging many parents to sign up their children in plenty of sports in an admirable effort to beat the puppy fat problem. Many of the sports injuries that kids suffer from can be avoided with a little knowledge and application of common sense. Kids and sports injuries don’t have to go hand in mitt. Read on for some handy hints on preventing some of those visits to the emergency room.

There are basically 3 types of sport injuries seen in kids:

1. Acute injuries. These are the ones that have parents groaning from the sidelines. The types of crashes and spills that will often necessitate a rushed visit to the nearest clinic, and may well end up with a plaster cast as a souvenir. Acute injuries often result in fractured bones, sprains, strains, torn ligaments, bruises, and more scarily, head and spinal injuries. Teens are most at risk of acute injuries.

* While some acute injuries are accidents, many can be avoided by using both correct protective gear and the proper equipment.

2. Re-injuries occur when children return to sport before their injury is fully recovered. Re-injuries can also occur when previously injured muscles and joints are not adequately warmed up or stretched prior to sport. Re-injuries can also happen when de-conditioned children go back to their sport too suddenly or do too much too soon.

3. Over-use injuries.
While participating in sports is excellent for the overall physical and mental health of children, there can definitely be too much of a good thing. Children’s bodies need time to recover and grow. Over exercising your child can result in burn out and over-use injuries. Your child’s niggling pain will never go away if it is never given a chance for recovery. Over-use injuries can result in life long problems and arthritic conditions. Is that championship or training session important enough to jeopardize your child’s long term health?

Children are more susceptible to over-use injuries as their bones and joints are still growing. Repetitive movements can stress joints and muscles. The more time your child spends on a particular sport the more chance there is of developing an over-use injury.

Common examples of over-use injuries are:

*shin splints
which cause pain at the front of the lower legs. These are normally caused by going too hard at the beginning of a season or running for too long on too hard a surface.

* swimmer’s shoulder
is characterized by pain in the back of the shoulder joint on over head movements. This is usually associated with both ball throwing and swimming.

* spondylylosis is characterized by pain in the lower back. This type of injury is seen in fast bowlers in cricket, gymnasts, divers, weight lifters, and soccer and football players. This type of injury is caused by excessive twisting, flexing, and over extending of the lower back.

* Little League elbow results in pain in the elbow joint by ball pitchers.

Ways to help minimize sports injuries:

* always use appropriate equipment and correct protective gear.
* select age and size appropriate activities.
* warm up and cool down.
* coaches should be suitably qualified.
* use correct technique.
* limit excessive movements that are repeatedly stressing particular joints.

Conclusion.

Playing sport is beneficial for all children. Many sports injuries involving kids can be avoided with a little common sense, appropriate preparation, and the correct technique.

Starting A Fitness And Exercise Program – Things You Need To Know

Once you have decided to start a fitness and exercise program, it is very easy to become over enthusiastic and do too much, too soon. Just another 5 minutes, just another set, just one more lap, is a very easy trap to fall into. We all want to see the results straight away. However, jump in too fast, and the only results you will be seeing will be sprains, strains and injuries.

The key to starting your fitness and exercise program is moderation. The most important step of all is to start off nice and slow. It is also advisable to consult with a medical practitioner before starting any new program if you have been out of action for a while.

Those who have been active in the past, or have done plenty of exercise, will find that they will bounce back into their fitness programs relatively quickly. However, just because you used to run 5 miles a day 10 years ago does not mean that you will be able to, or should even contemplate, doing that the first session back.

The most important part of any exercise campaign is the warm up and cool down. Warm ups and cool downs are essential for not straining any muscles or ligaments. 5 to 10 minutes at the beginning and end of every session will vastly improve how your muscles feel the next day.

The first few sessions of your fitness