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Tips for Keeping Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries in Youth at Bay

Just as you are making dinner for the family the phone rings and you’re gut tells you something is wrong.

Yep, it’s the coach with some bad news: Johnny has a football injury.

But before you panic, as a parent you probably already know that with kids playing sports, injures are almost a given. While some kids may escape with a few cuts and bruises over the particular season, others could fall to more serious injuries.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers tips on how to keep ahead of the game so to speak and be ready for/or if that call from the coach ever comes.

Here are some winning ways to help prevent an injury from occurring, according to the NIAMS:


Common injuries and locations:

bruises, sprains, strains, pulled muscles, tears to soft tissues such as ligaments, broken bones, internal injures (bruised or damaged organs), concussions, back injuries, sunburn. Knees and ankles are the most common injury sites.

Safest playing with:

helmet, mouth guard, shoulder pads, athletic supporters for males, chest/rib pads, forearm, elbow, and thigh pads, shin guards, proper shoes, sunscreen, water.

Injury prevention:

proper use of safety equipment, warm-up exercises, proper coaching techniques and conditioning.


Common injuries:

sprains and strains of soft

Safest playing with:

athletic supporters for males, safety harness, joint supports (such as neoprene wraps), water.

Injury prevention:

proper conditioning and warm-ups.


Common injuries and locations:

sprains, strains, bruises, fractures, scrapes, dislocations, cuts, injuries to teeth, ankles, and knees. (Injury rates are higher in girls, especially for the anterior cruciate ligament or ACL, the wide ligament that limits rotation and forward movement of the shin bone.)

Safest playing with:

eye protection, elbow and knee pads, mouth guard, athletic supporters for males, proper shoes, water. If playing outdoors, wear sunscreen and, when possible, a hat.

Injury prevention:

strength training (particularly knees and shoulders), aerobics (exercises that develop the strength and endurance of heart and lungs), warm-up exercises, proper coaching, and use of safety equipment.
Sport Injury Prevention
Now that you have a better idea of how to prep for an injury after you receive a call, you can relax a little easier. Knowing how to treat and take care of your child’s injury without panicking can help you as well as your player.