You are out at your young child’s soccer game, anxiously rooting them on from the sidelines when suddenly a collision happens and your child goes down with an injury. The coach rushes out on the field to find out what is wrong. You stand helplessly waiting on the side wondering how bad it is for your child.
Some parents know what to do when this happens, but many do not. The sight of their child going down on the pitch is often a jolt and causes a rush of emotions in the parent. This environment does not make for the best use of judgment when it comes to treating the injury. This handbook brings parents of young athletes a good overall approach to dealing with injuries in sports.
You will find practical advice on how to proceed when an injury occurs to your child. It will also show how to evaluate the options available to you as the parent. This information has been gathered from some of modern sports medicines most notable figures. They have spent a lifetime treating patients and getting athletes back in shape to play again. Using their knowledge you as the parent of a youth athlete can effectively help to treat the injury suffered by your child, and follow a proper course of action in healing and repairing the damage caused by the injury.
Some injuries will be minor and require no serious medical attention but there are still important things you can do that will make recovery quicker and easier. Some injuries are more severe and will require some calm and collected methodology to achieve recovery.
The author also makes professionals available for e-mail questions regarding sports medicine.
What are some of the soccer specific injuries your child might incur?
This sport has dramatically increased in popularity in the past two
decades in Australia
- Common injuries: Bruises, cuts and scrapes, ankle sprains,
knee injuries, headaches, sunburn.
- Safest playing with: Shin guards, athletic supporters for males,
cleats, sunscreen, water.
- Prevention: Aerobic conditioning, stretching and warm-ups,
and proper training in “heading” the ball. (“Heading”
is using the head to strike or make a play with the ball.)