Chiropractic Treatment MN | Sports Injuries
Summer vacation is over and the kiddos are back in school. Can you believe it? It’s time for school to start already! Where did the summer go? A new school year and also means gearing up for fall sports for many families. To avoid getting an injury on the field, court, and track, kids need to be prepared. That preparation starts with a visit to your St Paul MN Chiropractor for a sport’s physical or pre-participation physical examination (PPE) to make sure their bodies are ready for the sports season ahead.
It is the time of year when we hear a lot about sports related injuries. Not surprisingly, football had the highest injury rate (4.36 injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures). For anyone who hadn’t already guessed that football is a very rough and vigorous sport. More than one-third of all high school football players sustain some type of football injury (including head and neck injuries and concussions. Luckily there are concussion safety laws and protocols in place for treatment and returning to play after a youth athlete sustains a concussion.
Youth Sports Concussion Safety Laws: Minnesota
On May 27, 2011, Governor Mark Dayton signed Minnesota’s youth sports concussion safety bill into law.
Prevent Sports Injuries
Sports injuries will always occur because athletes are consistently pushing themselves to achieve better results. It’s the nature of the beast!
Every type of athletics has injuries that are frequent to that particular sport. For instance, hamstring injuries are more common in sprinting, whereas shoulder injuries are more common with javelin throwers and shot-putters.
More than 10 million sports injuries occur in the U.S. every year*(and videos of at least 2 million of those make it to YouTube). So, what are the most dangerous sports and the most common injuries? You are about to find out.
Whichever type of injury an athlete sustains, it’s important that they recognize and respect the fact they’re injured. Trying to overcome the pain and continuing to compete will only lead to worse injuries and a longer rehabilitation period.
Many sports injuries are brought on by insufficient recovery time. All too often, athletes think they are ready to return as soon as the limp or the swelling subsides. They may feel good, but they are probably only 70 to 75% recovered. This only invites re-injury.
Athletes will always want to return to competition as quickly as possible but it’s imperative they gradually step up their comeback and build strength in the problem area. A good athlete will always understand the importance of proper rest and recuperation after training and competition. In fact, for the body to get the full benefit of training it needs a period of inactivity to grow stronger so it’s in the best interests of an athlete to rest up so that you will be able to perform at your best when you do return to play.
Your St Paul MN Chiropractor will know the injuries that are most common to the various sports and will quickly be able to advise athletes on what they should do next.