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HD Physical Therapy Recognizes April as National Youth Sports Safety Month
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, more than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports each year in the U.S., and more than 3.5 million of those aged 14 and under receive medical treatment for sports injuries. To help promote sports safety and help prevent injury, HD Physical Therapy recognizes April as National Youth Sports Safety Month.
Some of the most common sports-related injuries for children include sprains, muscle strains, bone or growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries and heat-related illness. Youth sports injuries may be caused by many factors, including: medical conditions, inadequate physical exams before play, lack of pre-season conditioning, improper equipment, unsafe playing fields/surfaces, improper training or coaching, not warming up, cooling down and stretching properly, playing while actually injured and poor nutrition, hydration or temperature control. However, most sports injuries can be prevented with smart habits and good training for players, coaches and parents.
To further help prevent sport injuries, or to treat an injury that has occurred, many children also visit a physical therapist. Your physical therapist can take on many roles-confidante, educator, healer, and in many cases, mediator between a parent and athlete or coach. Parents want their children to be healthy, happy and successful. Kids tend to want to continue playing and not worry about their injury.
"We treat sports injuries in kids of all ages, whether they occur during a high school game, or while playing in the backyard. However, our job is to remind kids that this is youth sports-it's about learning lifelong lessons about teamwork, having fun and remaining in good health," says HD Physical Therapy CEO, Ed Harding, PTA. "It's important to stress that the lifelong risks of ignoring our recommendations far outweigh the short-term benefits of winning a game. Overuse injuries, for example, especially in younger athletes, have long-term consequences that parents and athletes need to recognize. It is important to stress rest and recovery for future success, both on and off the field. "
At HD Physical Therapy, ADVANCE Magazine's 2013 'Best PT Practice Contest' silver medalist & the Wakefield Lynnfield Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Business of the Year, we are committed to the health and happiness of our patients. Everyday we work to restore each person's maximal function with consistency and compassion. Offering distinctive, inventive and proven rehabilitation treatment, our devoted professionals strive to deliver a successful and enjoyable experience to every patient we meet. HDPT proudly serves the communities of Wakefield, Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, Lynnfield, Saugus, Melrose, Peabody, Stoneham, the North Shore, and Essex County, Massachusetts. For more information about HD Physical Therapy, please call 781-587-0776, or visit http://www.HDPTonline.com.
Lauren J. D'Addario