The Right Care. Right Now.

What Is the Most Common Injury in School Sports?

It's about to be the most wonderful time of the year for many—fall sports!

And while you might be eager to start cheering on your young athlete, our team at AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham wants you to be aware of the common injuries that plague many athletes this time of the year, as well as ways you can help your athlete prevent injuries on the field.

Why Is Sports Safety Important?

Sports can be extremely important not for just improving the physical health of children, but sports can also play a role in a child's overall development. When children participate in sports, they are able to learn important lessons about teamwork and self-discipline, as well as improve their physical coordination and self-esteem.

But with that said, any type of physical activity, including sports participation, can increase the risk of injury. So it's important to take precautions.

Common Sports Injuries

  • Tennis elbow
  • Shin splints
  • Pulled groin
  • Hamstring strain
  • Sciatica
  • ACL tear
  • Concussion

What Are the Risks of Playing Sports?

As we mentioned above, any type of physical activity can put a person at an increased risk of injury. But in sports, you can largely limit your child's risk by taking precautions.

Ways to Prevent Sports Injuries

  • Wear protective, sport-specific gear.
  • Stretch before and after each practice/game.
  • Use proper technique and form.
  • Don't play when injured.
  • Watch out for others.
  • Stop and step away if any head injury occurs.
Does your child need a sports physical before playing this fall? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today. We are open seven days a week!