Preventing sports injuries in kids

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Kids everywhere are signed up for all kinds of summer camps. Sports camps are especially popular and injuries can happen.

There is no guarantee young campers can avoid injury, but doctors say awareness is key to prevention. Kids at the 2-4-1 Sports camp are breaking a sweat, playing all kinds of sports. Plenty of water breaks and exposure to basketball, tennis, lacrosse, soccer and football, says Director Steve Boyle, are built-in defense against injuries.

“There is enough crossover affect we think to protect them from injury in a way that it keeps them safe but it also helps them to learn certain muscle memory, things that are going to be good when they are playing tennis or when they are playing basketball,” said Boyle. “And we talk a lot to them about the importance of breakfast and also hydrate the night before because if they can hydrate their bodies before they go to sleep, we find that they wake up with more energy.”

It’s a philosophy that has kept campers like Franklin Robinson from a visit to the emergency department. “I drink water and I stretch and I try to take care of myself.”

His father Frank added, “I’m sure it’s a combo of them just being involved of something that positive as well as the fact they are getting taken care of really well.”

Still, with hot and humid weather, Dr. Tom Brown of Doctors Express in West Hartford suggests kids keep a sports drink handy. Dr. Brown explained, “you’re losing a lot of sweat, you’re losing a lot of electrolytes, salt and so people think it’s good to drink water and of course it is, which is better than the alternative which is nothing. But much, much better to drink electrolyte containing sports drinks.”

This time of year, he also sees more head traumas. “The good news is the vast majority of head traumas are minor, they don’t even cause concussions,” but stressed, “if there is no lost of consciousness, if there is no off balance, the confusion, vomiting, they can be seen by a provider, they don’t need a CAT scan of their head,” said Brown.

If campers warm up properly, stay well hydrated and wear sun block of at least SPF 30, Dr. Brown said those steps can go a long way to avoiding a trip to an urgent care clinic.

You can contact Dr. Brown at 860-484-9193 or www.doctorsexpress.com. For more information about 2-4-1 Sports Academy, contact Director Steve Boyle at 860-977-3750 or www.241sports.com.

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