Kids who play one sport year round with no break are more susceptible to injuries, explains John Faust, MD, pediatric orthopedic specialist with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health.
Kids who play year-round sports like baseball, basketball and soccer put stress on the same parts of their bodies without allowing sufficient time to heal and grow normally.
Dr. Faust routinely treats knees, elbows, shoulders and heels sore from overuse. “It’s very common, yet there’s very little we as physicians can do to treat them because what they need is rest.”
These four tips can help reduce your child’s risk of one-sport injuries:
- Schedule a preseason checkup. Before enrolling your child in a sport, take them for a checkup, including a sports physical.
- Build up gradually. Children often develop aches and pains when they quickly go from inactivity to pushing themselves to the limit. Children need to build intensity over time so their bodies have adequate time to get stronger.
- Mix things up. Playing one sport year-round leaves kids vulnerable to injury. Encourage kids to take part in various activities and sports during the year.
- Give it a break. Children should get weeks, or even months, between leagues and seasons to rest.
Dr. John Faust and Dr. Brad Culotta provide a full range of orthopedic care at Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Health Pediatric Orthopedic Clinic.
The clinic is located at 8080 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite 1000. For appointments call (225) 924-2424.