Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Little Forethought, Caution Can Make for Fun, Safe Summer ; Commentary

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Little Forethought, Caution Can Make for Fun, Safe Summer ; Commentary

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Warmer weather signals a wonderful time for young athletes in the Tri-State. With school nearly finished, the ball fields soon will overrun with active children and adolescents. As medical practitioners, we remind parents of two specific risks children face participating in organized sports, overuse injuries and heat exhaustion.

According to the American Academy of Family Practice, half of the sports injuries in children and adolescents may be preventable. The article noted "children and adolescents may be particularly at risk for sports-related injuries as a result of improper technique, poorly fitting protective equipment, training errors, and muscle weakness and imbalance."

How can injuries be prevented? Of course, most organized sports programs require a screening physical before participation.

That is why Tri State Community Clinics, Tri-State Orthopaedics and ProRehab offered 400 free physicals to EVSC (Evansville Vanderburgh County School Corp.) athletes earlier this spring. A physical can diagnose any underlying problems, but it is just a start.

As parents, be aware of your child's practice schedule. Make sure his or her equipment is in decent shape. Encourage your child to listen carefully to her coach and follow instructions. Ensure your child gets seven or eight hours of sleep in a cool environment nightly. Provide healthy meals to fuel his growing body, especially during periods of intense activity.

Children and adolescents - just like their parents - need warm- up and cool-down time as well as proper conditioning. Before your child walks up to hit his first ball off the tee, talk with him about keeping healthy. Children start in organized sports early - why not start good prevention habits early as well?

If your child sustains an injury, get her checked out. Evansville is blessed with excellent medical clinics and physicians for urgent care.

Our second concern is heat-related illnesses. The Tri-State has hot, humid summers. …

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