It’s the time of the year again for kids to attend summer camps or sports camps. These camps are not only crucial in developing kids physically, they’re also great when it comes to developing their character. They serve as preparation for the many sports events that start in the fall.
However, these summer camps are also where most of kids’ injuries occur.
In a new video, “Doc” Bates MD talks with Julie from Pro To Col systems, to discuss what common youth athletic injuries are.
You can watch the full video below:
Different Mindset: Children’s Vs. Adult Injuries
Doc Bates explained that athletic injuries in kids should be treated differently than injuries in adults. That’s primarily because kids’ bodies are still growing and developing. At times, you’ll hear stories about growth spurts of children. Some grow a couple of inches taller during the course of one summer.
Another main difference is soreness. Kids should not have to play through pain. Adults tend to stretch some muscles and overexert them when playing competitively. That results in soreness, which typically disappears with some rest. Children between the age of eight and 18, however, should not experience pain due to playing. If they do, something is probably wrong.
Typical Athletic Injuries in Youth Players
According to Doc Bates, some of the most common kids’ injuries during summer and training camps are:
Sever’s Disease – Often a condition that shows in young soccer players, this bone disorder results from inflammation in the heel’s growth plate.
Shoulder Injuries – For overhead players, such as volleyball and basketball players, they tend to injure their shoulders.
Elbow Ligament Problems – Primarily a problem for baseball pitchers, it causes pain in the elbow.
Overuse Injuries – Kids can experience soreness in various body parts, primarily due to overuse and wrong technique. Summer camps are a great time to teach children about proper technique so that they do not sustain injuries due to bad technique.
Screening for Youth Athletes
As a final reminder, Julie and Doc Bates advised parents to get their children screened physically through the partnership between Pro To Col sports systems and Skin to Bone, especially if they exhibit any of the symptoms discussed in the video.
It’s also better to have them checked even if they don’t experience soreness. In some cases, kids seem completely OK because they don’t feel any pain. However, when they are told to do a specific physical activity, say a squat, they seem to struggle. “That’s screaming to me that you are a potential for injury,” Doc Bates said.
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