Participation in youth sports has many benefits. It teaches kids about good physical health, teamwork, discipline and sportsmanship. It also boosts confidence and self-esteem. But for all the benefits, there is always the risk of physical injury. A local urgent center is often the best option for the immediate care of common, non-emergency, sports-related injuries.
What are some of the most common school sports injuries?
- Strains:A muscle strain, or pulled muscle, is an injury to the muscle or tendon, most often in the hamstring, groin and lower back. This often occurs due to repetitive movement and overuse. Swelling, pain, muscle spasms and muscle weakness are indicators of a strain.
- Sprains:A sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect bones and joints overstretch or tear. The wrist, knee and ankle are most prone to sprains. Symptoms include tenderness, pain, swelling and bruising.
- Fractures:Partial or complete breaks in a bone happen when too much blunt force is placed on them, such as from a fall or collision. The shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip, ankle and knee are prone to breaks. Intense pain, inability to move the injured area, swelling, bruising and deformity are signs of a fracture and require immediate medical treatment. An urgent care center can evaluate the severity of your injury and ensure you receive proper medical treatment.
- Concussion:A concussion is a traumatic brain injury usually caused by a direct blow to the head. Physical signs of a concussion include headache, ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and blurry vision. Medical treatment should always be sought after a head injury, even a mild one. An urgent care center can diagnose and treat mild concussions. In the event of more severe symptoms, such as loss of consciousness, prolonged amnesia or confusion, seizures or convulsions, visit the emergency room.
How can I prevent sport injuries?
The most common reason for injuries in school sports is repetitive stress, which causes sprains and strains. It’s important to teach student athletes to listen to their bodies, to understand their physical limitations and to speak out if they are hurting.
Additional tips for preventing injuries include:
- Get a preseason physical to determine if there are any areas of concern before starting the sports season
- Stretch and warm up to loosen the muscles and prepare them for play
- Use the right protective gear like helmets, pads and shoes to help prevent injury
- Keep hydrated to avoid dehydration and heat-related illnesses
- Get adequate rest to help the muscles heal
- Don’t play when you are injured to avoid more serious damage or new injuries
Five reasons to visit MedOne Urgent Care St. Augustine for sports injury treatment
- We have licensed medical professionals on site 7 days a week
- Our experienced staff can treat up to 80% of visits normally made to the ER
- Walk-ins are welcome, no appointment necessary
- We offer a full range of medical services for adults and children including injuries, complex laceration repairsand general illnesses
- We ensure each patient gets the medical care they need without an extended waiting period
MedOne St. Augustine is open 9 AM – 6 PM weekdays and 9 AM – 5 PM on weekends. No appointment is necessary. We’re always happy to answer your questions. Call us at 904-907-2229 or send us a message.