High School Head Trauma and Team Sports

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A big part of being a kid is getting to play. Children need a certain amount of physical exercise daily to build strong bones, brains and bodies. As fall approaches, your kids may be entering high school and wanting to join sports teams – particularly tackle football for boys. Historically, it’s been a rite of passage for many boys.

But as our culture has become more competitive with kids vying for college scholarships and a desire to be a member of a championship team, the stakes have increased. Today’s kids train and play harder. And sometimes that sets them up for injury.

Being a Strong and Informed Parent

Kids just want to be kids and don’t really think about the chances of getting hurt when they go out to play or suit up as a member of a sports team. It’s your job as a parent to be informed about potential hazards your child might encounter, to make sure they take precautions and even to decide whether or not you want them to participate in certain sports.

There is definitely an uptick in head injuries among young athletes. One theory is that awareness and proper treatment are just uncovering more injuries but that the numbers were always high but went untreated. If your kids sports make sure the coaches are vigilant about protecting your child.

High-contact sports including football, hockey and lacrosse are of particular concern for injury. Football is the most popular high school sport in the United States. It is also the sport where players suffer more concussions than any other high school sport.

For girls, soccer is considered the most dangerous high school sport, along with lacrosse.

Sports and Head Trauma

Recently, we have seen more awareness surrounding an issue we find rather alarming from a medical standpoint. The number of head injuries is rising. We see it in professional sports and sadly, we are seeing an increase in injuries to young sports team members.

A concussion is a brain injury that often results in a loss of consciousness. It occurs when a hit to the body or head results in the head and brain moving rapidly back and forth. They can create chemical changes in the body.

In a 2017 paper, the Annals of Neurology reported that a concussion in adolescence is associated with a higher risk of a child developing multiple sclerosis later in life.

High contact sports like football can result in extreme injury to your child. If your child plays on any sports team or partakes in any physical activity after school, make sure they have and wear the proper safety equipment to protect them in case of injury.

Our healthcare facility is here to meet all your medical needs for your family, including your sports enthusiasts. In addition to regular care and appointments, we are here for you in an emergency situation. If you are in doubt about the extent of an injury to your child, particularly a head injury, do not hesitate to seek immediate help.

Family Medical Clinic Kendall is an inner-city health clinic in Miami. We care about our youngest community members and want to support area families in good parenting, including providing proper nutrition and exercise for children. We encourage you to bring your children in for pediatric care and we have onsite X-ray services for those times when accidents happen. Located at 9000 SW 137th Avenue, Suite 111, we offer a walk-in clinic, urgent care and a lab & diagnostics. Call us today at (305) 603-7824.

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