*Common Sports Injuries + Interactive Course

Tuesday, September 03, 2019
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With children heading back to a new school year, very soon they’ll be kicking off with various sporting activities and PE (plus of course the rugby season is coming up!) Despite the health benefits, when kids and sports mix there’s bound to be injuries at points - though thankfully the majority of them are minor. Body parts that are most likely to be injured include fingers, ankles, faces, toes and heads, although most require no more than a GP visit or a trip to a walk-in centre.

How can sporting injuries be avoided? 
The best way to avoid sporting injuries is to complete an effective warm up (and warm down) session before and after play. It’s important that children understand the importance of stretches, water intake and eating healthily so that injuries and illness can be avoided. It also gives kids the chance to understand about their own physical health and limitations. So what are the main sporting injuries that affect children?

Concussion 
Concussion is the result of a blow to the head that can affect the way the brain works. It’s a very common type of traumatic brain injury and usually goes away on its own, but does require close monitoring. Concussion is especially common in contact sports like football and rugby in particular. Symptoms include: Confusion, headaches, nausea/vomiting, slurred speech, dizziness, numbness, mood changes, loss of memory, loss of balance. If your young patient presents with any of these symptoms, then immediate treatment will be required. Early diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation are vital in preventing long term brain damage or worse.

Overuse Injuries 
Overuse injuries are incredibly common, perhaps more so than accidents. Many kids want to be top of their game and know that to progress they need to practice, practice, practice. Whilst this is great for stamina, concentration and fitness, it can also easily lead to issues like muscle strain, ligament damage and tearing. Overuse is particularly common in the arms, legs and back.

Cuts, grazes and bruises 
Children are particularly prone to minor skin injuries through falls and scrapes but a lot of energetic sport can mean they’re particularly at risk. Whilst many can be treated by washing the affecting area and adding some antiseptic and/or a plaster, it’s important for both parents and health practitioners to be able to spot if an injury is worsening or has become infected.

CPD Course 
Why not sign up for our CPD course sports injuries in 8-18 year olds. Offering a hands-on interactive look at how health practitioners can recognise, diagnose and manage a range of sporting injuries in children, it’s ideal for school nurses, allied health professionals and paramedics in particular. The next 2-day course starts on the 31st October at London’s St. Bart’s Hospital and is worth 14 hours of CPD. All refreshments, course material and certificates are provided.

Do you have children? If so, how do you deal with common sports injuries? If you are a medical professional, would you take part in this course? 

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16 comments

  1. The course sounds like such a good idea! x

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  2. Going to get my husband to read this!

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  3. These are great! I honestly dislike doing sports haha



    Candice || natalyaammour.com

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  4. I wish I was more sporty! The course still sounds like a fab idea though.

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  5. Luckily AJ isn't too accident prone!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  6. I don't have kids as you know but I broke my little finger playing sports in primary school. On my Mum's birthday too x

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  7. I never got injured playing sports in school, I've only ever had a couple of running injuries as an adult. The course sounds great though! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  8. I think Arran needs a read of this haha xx

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  9. I’ve recently been warming up before lifting weights, especially my shoulders since they’re my weakest and it’s made such a big difference x

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  10. I don't have kids but I've definitely had a few little injuries from being sporty. I once broke my little finger after the base of a netball pole was dropped on it and fractured my ankle playing rounders!

    I'm clumsy! Haha!

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  11. This sounds like a super useful course! Thanks for writing about this x

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  12. This sounds really interesting in helping learn how to avoid injury.

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

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  13. I definitely got a few stretching issues and cuts from my active holiday recently - I definitely should have warmed up and been better- prepared!

    Jasmine xx



    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  14. I'm always suffering from injuries from running and being in the gym!
    Em x

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  15. Not for me but that sounds like a really interesting course.

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