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Martha Jefferson Monday: Preventing Student Athlete Injuries

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School is back in session and many kids are back on the field gearing up for the fall sports season.

If you're worried about possibly injuries for your children, listen up! There are things you can do to help protect your athletes.

Dr. Matthew Panzarella is an orthopedic surgeon at Martha Jefferson Orthopedics. He specializes in sports injuries, and his first rule of thumb when it comes to playing sports is to always stay hydrated.

"We want to make sure kids are hydrated on the field. 30 years ago that nobody got any water, and now we know kids do much better off, especially as it's hot at the end of the summer." 

It's also important to switch up your routine every now and then.

"One thing that's good for children is to make sure they do multiple sports throughout the year, not just focus on one sport.  At minimum, cross training is important, as it keeps the other muscles of the body strong," said Dr. Panzarella.

It's most common for injuries to be minor sprains and strains that can be taken care of by athletic trainers. For more serious injuries, such as an ACL or meniscus tear, shoulder dislocation or clavicle fracture, specialists need to be consulted.

And although an injury is the last thing the athletes or their parents want, the good news is that it's easier for kids at a young age to bounce back, and get back on the field.

"The best thing about children and young adults is that they recover a lot quicker than older adults," said Dr. Panzarella.  "If your kids get injured, they are generally going to be back a lot quicker than adults would be." 

For more information on this topic, check out http://www.stopsportsinjuries.org/. The site has helpful tips, and also information sheets on what to be aware of targeted to specific sports.

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