Youth sports have become very competitive. And many young athletes are transitioning from winter sports to spring activities without considering the elevated risk of sports-related injuries. Because April is National Youth Sports Safety Month, in today’s post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares his top 5 tips for preventing injuries to your child.
Taking part in sports during the winter vs. the summer season often involves switching to a different playing surface. Competing on different surfaces with fluctuating impact can put stress on an athlete's ankle or foot. Transitioning from sport to sport without permitting time for the bones and muscles to rest can result in overuse injuries, particularly in younger athletes.
If your child is participating in spring sports, consider these 5 tips to help protect them from serious ankle or foot injuries.
If your child is injured, remember the RICE formula. In many cases, an injured ankle or foot can be mended with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Suggest that your child take a break from their activities if they complain of ankle or foot pain to allow time for recovery.
If the pain doesn’t subside, it may be the result of something more serious. Contact Dr. Hubert Lee and his team at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, to schedule your next visit. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.