With warmer weather comes more outside activities-Yay!-Until your kiddo takes a gnarly fall that is. Avoid the high ER bills this summer by visiting Bumps N’ Bruises Pediatric Urgent Care. We do see up to 18 years old, so just because they don’t watch ‘Mickey Mouse Club House’ anymore, doesn’t mean they can’t be a patient of ours! We have an on-site X-ray machine and can treat minor broken bones, strains & sprains; as well as stitch up wounds & cuts from that sweet kick-flip, that didn’t turn out so well.
Below is an article from HealthyChildren.org, from the American Academy of Pediatrics on common injuries due to roller sports and great tips on how to prevent them.
Injuries from skating and skateboarding are common and are usually caused by falls and collisions with other objects. Many of these injuries are fractures or sprains to the wrists and ankles. Severe injuries, including death, can occur and are often the result of head or chest injuries from a collision with a car.
Ankle sprains are a common skateboarding or in-line skating injury and can prevent athletes from being able to skate. Ankle sprains are more likely to happen if an athlete had a previous sprain, especially a recent one.
Treatment begins with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Athletes should see a doctor as soon as possible if they cannot walk on the injured ankle or have severe pain. X-rays may be needed.
Regular icing (20 minutes) helps with pain and swelling. Weight bearing and exercises to regain range of motion, strength, and balance are key factors to getting back to sports. Tape and ankle braces can prevent or reduce the frequency of ankle sprains. Tape and an ankle brace can also support the ankle, enabling an athlete to return to activity more quickly.
Wrist injuries often result when athletes fall onto the arms without appropriate protection. Athletes may have pain with use and loss of range of motion.
Treatment begins with RICE. Athletes should see a doctor if their wrists are swollen or painful the next day. X-rays may be needed.
Concussions occur if the head or neck hits the ground after collision with another person or object. A concussion is any injury to the brain that disrupts normal brain function on a temporary or permanent basis.
The signs and symptoms of a concussion range from subtle to obvious and usually happen right after the injury but may take hours to days to show up. Athletes who have had concussions may report feeling normal before their brain has fully recovered. With most concussions, the player is not knocked out or unconscious.
Prematurely returning to play after a concussion can lead to another concussion or even death. An athlete with a history of concussion is more susceptible to another injury than an athlete with no history of concussion.
All concussions are serious, and all athletes with suspected concussions should not return to play until they see a doctor.
***We can assess head injuries here at Bumps N’ Bruises Pediatric Urgent Care, but if the patient is showing signs of a concussion (loss of consciousness or vomiting after the head injury) we will refer to the ER so further test may be ran and your child may receive all the correct care.
Injury prevention and safety tips:
- Technique. Athletes should learn and practice safe techniques for performing the skills that are integral to their sport. One-third of skateboard injuries happen in the first week of learning the sport. Beginners may find it helpful to take a class to learn the basics, including how to fall properly.
- Equipment. All skaters, no matter how much experience they have, should always wear the proper safety gear.
- Skates that fit properly. They should be checked regularly to make sure they fit and are in good condition. Wheels should be free of debris and replaced if worn out.
- Helmets that fit properly and are certified for safety. (Unfortunately most in-line skaters do not wear safety gear, and more than 10,000 in-line skaters suffer from head or face injuries yearly.)
- Elbow pads, which can reduce injuries by 80%.
- Knee pads, which can reduce injuries by 30%.
- Wrist guards, which can reduce injuries by almost 90%.
- Environment. Most young skateboarders are injured on public roads or sidewalks and in parking lots.