John Sheehan, M.D.
Spring is approaching and children are preparing for spring sports mania! From running, baseball, golf, softball and more, there are plenty of spring activities for your child to enjoy. Whether recreationally or competitively, it is important to take the necessary steps to prevent sports-related injuries.
Spring is also the time of year when we see more injuries. Common spring injuries include ankle sprains, groin pulls, hamstring strains, shin splints, knee injuries, and Little League elbow or tennis elbow. Injuries usually occur due to lack of conditioning the muscles and joints, and many of these injuries are preventable. Boys Town Orthopaedics, along with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, share steps to prevent injuries this spring season.
Make sure to remind your child to always cool down and stretch all the muscles used. Stretching at the end of physical exercise is just as important stretching before. If your child is experiencing an injury or if you have any questions, consult an
Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine specialist.