More and more kids are playing organized sports, but along with summer fun and fitness comes the rise of injuries. eMedical Urgent Care and pediatric walk-in clinics in Middletown and Berkeley Heights are committed to providing superior for sports injuries by board-certified physicians.
Put me in coach! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children up to the age of 19 receive emergency care for sports and recreation-related activities. Although the nature of sports and other recreational activities lends itself to occasional accidents, knowing basic safety procedures can help to prevent injuries in young athletes.
Be Prepared with a Sports Physical
Before starting any sports leagues, it’s important to make sure your child has received their pre-participation physical exam (PPE). Our urgent care doctors are here to administer a sports physical including the medical history and physical exam. No appointment is required, so you may walk in whenever it’s convenient for you and your child.
Wear Protective Gear
Many parents assume that proper equipment is the key to safety, but experts caution against becoming complacent. Growing athletes require properly sized gear; what fit last summer may not fit this summer. Pads and helmets are not effective unless they fit correctly.
You may have heard of the controversies over whether helmets do more harm than good. Recent evidence suggests that concussions are caused by rotational motion, rather than angular—or forward and backward—motion. Regardless, plenty of research shows that wearing protective equipment does reduce the risk of injuries, although some critics still say kids actually play rougher when they’re wearing helmets or heavy gear because they think they’re better protected.
Before, during and after the game it’s always important for young athletes to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and heat exhaustion. A good rule of thumb is to drink 30 minutes prior to playing and then every 15-20 minutes during play time.
Be a Role Model
Demonstrate the importance of safety and sportsmanship to your children. Teaching young athletes to play by the rules of their sport can prevent unnecessary aggression (resulting in injuries) on the field.
Schedule at least one day off per week from sports to allow the body to recover. Also, be sure to take breaks throughout intense exercise. Rest periods during practice and games can help reduce injuries and prevent heat illness.
eMedical Urgent Care for Sports Injuries and Sports Physicals
eMedical Pediatrics NJ Urgent Care treats a wide array of sports injuries and administers sports physicals at both of our locations. Learn more about our services and how we can treat you by calling our location in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey (908) 464-6700, or Middletown, New Jersey (732) 957-0707. We welcome you to walk in, get your exam and be on your way.