You’re in the stands cheering. The referee on the field stops the game and it’s your son on the ground surrounded by concerned-looking coaches and teammates. You start breathing again when you see your child stand up, wave to you and seemingly take the blow in stride. No broken bones. No sign of limping. It doesn’t look like it was a serious knock… this time. But you’re worried, aren’t you?
Each year, approximately 46.6 million U.S. children play a team sport, and sports-related injuries send an estimated 12 million young athletes between the ages of 5 and 22 to the emergency room. The largest number, 37 percent, are from ages 13 to 15.
Good Samaritan Hospital San Jose knows accidents happen on the field and they want you to be prepared and know the right steps to keeping your Santa Clara soccer player safe.
For Orthopedic and Spine Injuries
The most common sports injuries include muscle sprains and strains, tendon injuries, dislocations, fractures, broken bones, and spine injuries. If the injury is minor, you can treat it at home with Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) for the first 48 hours. For pain relief, offer a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like Ibuprofen or Naproxen. Never give aspirin to anyone under age 20 due to the risk of Reye Syndrome, a rare but serious disease that targets the brain and liver.
For Concussion and Head Injuries:
Concussions account for about 12 percent of youth sports-related injuries. In 2017, US Soccer changed the concussion procedure and policy when a youth soccer player gets injured and shows signs of concussion. The center referee and the coaches are required to perform a concussion protocol test and if a player shows signs of concussion the player must be removed from the field and cannot re-enter the game unless the athlete has been cleared by a health care professional. Referees and coaches do not have authority to allow the athlete back on the field.
Signs of concussions can be immediate or develop over hours or days. These signs include: headache, dizziness, seeing “stars”, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting, appearing dazed, confusion, slurred speech, slow response to questions, memory problems, sensitivity to light, fatigue, and irritability or changes in personality.
Other signs of serious head injury include: worsening headache or pressure, seizures, repeated vomiting, pupils that are abnormally or unevenly dilated, and obvious changes in mental or physical function.
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