kids in sportsBenefits of Sports
This time of year, young athletes are either trading their cleats for basketball shoes, or field hockey sticks for hoops.  Sports and other physical activities are great for kids. They provide physical, social, and mental stimulation that kids need to develop. Sports teach children the importance of teamwork, building confidence and help them focus and concentrate better. Although sports like basketball, soccer and football provide many benefits to children, there is a negative side of sports. More than 2.6 million children under the age of 19 get treated for sports and recreation-related injuries, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Common Injuries
Some of the most common sports-related injuries are: ankle sprain, groin pull, hamstring sprain, shin splints, knee injury (ACL tear), knee injury (Patellofemoral syndrome) and tennis elbow. Most of these common sports injuries can be treated at home. If your athlete has suffered a serious injury such as an ACL tear, they must be seen immediately by a medical provider.

When injured, it is best to remember the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
If not treated correctly, injuries that could have healed quickly may require more invasive interventions such as surgery. If the injured area is swelling or painful and the above method does not bring relief, you should seek treatment from our providers at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.

Injuries are common when your children are in sports, but some are also highly preventable. Take these steps to make sure your children compete safely:

*Proper Gear   Make sure children are using proper equipments, clothes and protective gears. Helmets, padding and athletic cups should be used when appropriate.
*Warm-Up   Stretch. Stretch. Stretch. Make sure your children do warm-up exercises to help prevent injuries.
*Know the Rules   Make sure your children understand the rules and dangers of the sports. Talking to children ahead of time about the sports they will be playing is a good idea to avoid injuries.
*Adult Supervision    Children in sports should be watched and supervised by an adult at all time.

Our providers at Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are highly specialized, trained medical professionals who are dedicated to keeping athletes of all ages healthy and game ready. Contact us at 757-873-1554 for an appointment, or use our convenient online scheduling tool.  We hope to hear from you soon!