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Safety First

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Did you know that more than 2.6 million teens and children, age 19 and younger, visit the emergency room each year for treatment of sports-related injuries? That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). And, according to Safe Kids USA, nearly half of these injuries are due to overuse, which is caused by repeated motion, immature bones, insufficient rest and poor training.

While there’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition in the world of extracurricular athletics, injuries are never too far from a parent’s mind. There’s always a chance that what’s keeping your competitor active and fit this new school year could end up putting them on the sidelines. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of local specialists dedicated to providing quality care for your young athlete, whether they’re recovering from an injury or looking to stay on top. From orthopedic surgeons to physical rehabilitation, these professionals know what it takes to get you and your family back to enjoying the game.

Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health
250 Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Suite 105
(856) 346-0005

Olde Soles Cobbler Shop & Diabetic Foot Center
295 Route 70 W.
Cherry Hill
(856) 216-8003

Reconstructive Orthopedics
Locations in Lumberton, Marlton, Voorhees, Sewell, Cherry Hill, Somerdale
(800) 896-RECON (7326)

Specialized Physical Therapy
1919 Greentree Road, Suite B
Cherry Hill
(856) 424-0993

Sports Injuries Prevention Tips from the CDC

Gear up
When children are active in sports and recreation, make sure they use the right protective gear for their activity, such as helmets, wrist guards, knee or elbow pads.

Use the right stuff
Be sure that sports protective equipment is in good condition and worn correctly all the time—for example, avoid missing or broken buckles or compressed or worn padding. Poorly fitting equipment may be uncomfortable and may not offer the best protection.

Practice makes perfect
Have children learn and practice skills they need in their activity. For example, knowing how to tackle safely is important in preventing injuries in football and soccer. Have children practice proper form—this can prevent injuries during baseball, softball, and many other activities. Also, be sure to safely and slowly increase activities to improve physical fitness; being in good condition can protect kids from injury.

Pay attention to temperature
Allow time for child athletes to gradually adjust to hot or humid environments to prevent heat-related injuries or illness. Parents and coaches should pay close attention to make sure that players are hydrated and appropriately dressed.

Be a good model
Communicate positive safety messages and serve as a model of safe behavior, including a wearing helmet and following the rules.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 7 (September, 2012).
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