Physiotherapists are trained to prevent, recognise, and provide immediate care for athletic injuries.

We suggest you seek treatment as soon as you think your child may have any injury that needs attention. The sooner they are seen, the less chance of ongoing issues.

Treatment for Sports Injuries will vary by injury.

If your child suffers a soft tissue injury (such as a sprain or strain) or a bone injury, the best immediate treatment is easy to remember: RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation.

Professional advice is necessary if the injury seems severe or the symptoms worsen over the first day or two.

Severe injury can mean having an obvious fracture or dislocation of a joint.

Suspected bony injuries are best taken to your local emergency department for investigations.

A severe injury can also present as prolonged swelling, or prolonged or severe pain.

Your physiotherapist should be your first call in this case. We can always refer you on for Xray’s or other scans where necessary.

Prevention is key!

Injuries can happen to any child who plays sports, but there are ways to help prevent this.

Ankle and hamstring sprains and knee injuries are just a few examples of where the risk can be significantly reduced if a specific injury prevention program is used.

Our programs are typically not time intensive and can actually improve sporting performance as well. Your physio can formulate such a program for your child and guide you both through the best way to manage a program at home.

Your child may be enrolled in organised sports through schools, community clubs, and recreation areas that are properly maintained and that demonstrate a commitment to injury prevention. Any organised team activity should be committed to injury prevention.

Coaches should be trained in first aid and CPR and should have a plan for responding to emergencies. They should also be well versed in the proper use of equipment, and should enforce rules on equipment use.

Proper gear for a particular sport is very important. Just make sure they consistently use it!

Warm-ups and cool-downs should always be a part of your child’s routine before and after sports participation.

Warm-up exercises increase blood flow and make the body’s tissues more flexible. Cool-down exercises loosen muscles that have tightened during exercise.

Children in Sport should be reaping all the benefits both physically and emotionally that exercise and sport can offer.

Ensure the benefits outweigh the risk of injury!

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