For some children, summer means long days of nonstop Minecraft, riding bikes with friends or swimming in the pool. But for other children, summertime means sports. Not the friendly game of 2 on 2 at the half court, but old school SPORTS! Since the early days of children's sports, there has always been a competitive spirit unfolding on the field. And with competition, comes injuries.
With recent films and media spotlight on adolescent injuries, parents are now more educated than ever before. Typically, parents know right away when their child needs care for a serious injury. Dislocated shoulders, broken bones and sprained ankles are easily identified by anyone with access to Web M.D.
What is not as easily identified is the potential risk that accompanies these injuries. For example, in the sport of baseball, summer's all time favorite pastime, there are numerous opportunities for injury. Did you know that in order to throw a 90 mph curveball, the shoulder needs to rotate about 1200 degrees per second? It's unimaginable the stress placed on your shoulder, elbow, and wrist to throw that fast. Now imagine your child throwing 30 to 50 mph with their body still developing!!!
Shoulder and elbow problems are one of the most common season ending injuries for baseball and softball players. The repetitive throwing motion, increased demand on muscles and ligaments, and improper throwing mechanics are often the main causes for an injury to occur. The stress placed on the shoulder and arm can cause several types of injuries, such as: tendonitis, muscle strains, ligament sprains, or ever worse -a tear in a muscle or tendon.
If your child is complaining of a shoulder or arm injury, it's in their best interest to have it checked out. As the mother of two boys, Dr. Brooks has had experience with sports injuries. And, as a parent, she understands the seriousness of getting it checked out right away.
If you have concerns about your child's injuries, please contact our office. We would be glad to answer any of your questions or concerns. We will perform an exam, recommend the proper steps to help the situation, answer any questions you may have, and even recommend exercises that may prevent the injury from re-occurring in the future.