Most orthopedic injuries that occur due to school sports activities involve football. Orthopedic specialists encourage parents to make sure their kids have the proper equipment before they play. Football players should always wear a helmet to prevent concussions. Rubber-cleated shoes can help prevent unintentional falls. Football players should also wear knee, tail, hip, and shoulder pads, and an athletic supporter. In addition, a mouth guard can protect the teeth and soft tissues of the mouth.
In addition to having the proper equipment, all football players should undergo a physical before the season starts. Engaging in off-season athletic activity can help maintain conditioning and reduce the risk of injury. Before the practice or game, children should stretch and warm up thoroughly. Additionally, remind your child to cool down and stretch afterward.
If your child does suffer an orthopedic injury while playing football, visit the caring specialists of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine. You can call our office in Forest Hills at (718) 897-2228 or visit our blog for more information about orthopedic injuries.