Any parent will likely feel pride when their child shows interest in playing a high school sport. It’s also not uncommon for a parent or guardian to be a bit frightened by the prospect of their child sustaining a sports injury in their developmental years. Educating oneself is a great way to overcome that fear.
Benjamin Franklin is known to have coined the phrase “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Mr. Franklin was referring to fire safety when he said this, but today, we can apply the same motto to the treatment and prevention of high school athletes’ sports-related injuries.
Today we will discuss a “pound of cure” through the eyes of Southwest Spine & Rehab Chiropractic.
The type of sports injuries that are common to high school students vary depending on the sport. The most common sports injuries result from the sports of football (28%), baseball (25%), soccer (22%), basketball (15%), and softball (12%).
The following is a list of the types of injuries that are common to specific sports, all of which are treatable with chiropractic intervention:
More than thirty million children are involved in organized sports in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes sustain approximately two million injuries a year; damages that result from overuse account for about half of those.
Of the estimated two million injuries, about 500,000 results in doctor visits and 30,000 result in hospitalizations each year.
The Journal of Neurological Science indicates that more sports-related injuries receive treatment in an emergency room than any other type of accidental harm.
High school athletes are more susceptible to injury because they are less coordinated, have slower reaction times, and are still growing and developing. The majority of injuries sustained by high school athletes result from overuse, which places stress on the musculoskeletal system, making a high demand on the body without giving it time to recover.
As mentioned previously, high school athletes are still growing and developing. Many athletes play beyond the pain for the sake of continuing to play in a game or a season. When sports injuries go untreated, the consequences can be felt immediately or develop later in life.
Soft tissue injuries such as sprains, strains, tears, ruptures, back pain, and tendonitis are common sports-related injuries. Some soft tissue injuries are more severe than others, of course; however, regardless of the degree of damage, treatment is of utmost importance. Without treatment, a person’s injury may affect them long into their future, including symptoms such as:
Dr. Taylor, who founded Southwest Spine & Rehab Chiropractic in 2012, understands the importance of treating all patients with the utmost respect and care. Don’t put off treating your pain or injury any longer, contact us today by calling (480) 354-2008.