How to Spot and Treat Sports Injury in Children
Sports and games is a major part of growing up for young children. In fact, the games or gym class is the highlight of every child’s week! The Australian Bureau of Statistics finds that 6 out of 10 children between the ages of 5 and 14 participate in some form of organised sports. This means that they are either in an athletic team, or play some team sport. This is not including the other informal recreational activities that they participate in throughout their day. Amidst their boisterous play children sustain some injuries that they tend to shake off and keep playing in the moment.
However, once their playtime ends, they complain of injuries, wounds and more. These may turn out to be minor bruises that may have occurred during play, which are not that serious. These injuries may last a few days, cause mild discomfort, and may not restrict activity. On the other hand, if the pain persists, or gets worse with activity, or is manifested in limping or inability to move normally, or even shows redness, numbness and swelling around the area then you need to take the child to a doctor or a physiotherapist in Perth, as it may be a serious injury.
The most common injuries children sustain are sore backs due to poor posture, ankle or wrist sprains, fractures in those areas, scoliosis or knee pain. They may also suffer from tendon injuries or bone overuse injuries, such as stress fractures or shin splints. The sooner these ailments or injuries are treated, the sooner children can return to normal sport and daily activities.
It is best not to force children to tolerate the pain and continue as usual. Sometimes adults encourage children to be tough and ‘play through the pain’. This is not advisable as it can lead to delayed healing. In the case that the injury was an easily treatable one, it can even turn into a more difficult to treat injury if it is ignored in the early stages. In the worst case, the injury may cause permanent damage to the area, and may completely stop participation in any sports.
What can physiotherapy do?
Physiotherapy in Perth is among the best in the country, with many child specialists, who are trained to create a safe, relaxing and rehabilitating environment for children with injuries. A session of physio in Perth will include the physiotherapist interacting with your child to get to know about their daily activities, the nature of the injury and more details that would help them rehabilitate the child. They would also talk to you more about your child’s medical history, dietary habits, and other routines. Physio in Perth gives a lot of importance to creating a playful and interesting environment that does not intimidate the child. To this end, huge equipment is avoided, and children are encouraged to engage in physiotherapy through playful and fun activities.
Once the child is comfortable, the physiotherapist will use certain techniques to offload the affected area, conduct some manual therapy to reduce the pain or swelling in the particular are, use specific strengthening programs to render the muscles more capable of normal movement, use certain techniques of soft-tissue management, and also advice parents on how to manage and moderate the load on the affected area.