Fall sports are kicking into high gear, and that means physicians may be seeing more sports-related injuries.
“Because children’s bodies are still growing and changing, we often see different types of sports-related injuries in kids than in adults,” says Andy Shen, MD, a family medicine and sports medicine physician affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease, the most common sports injuries among children are sprains and strains, repetitive motion injuries, growth plate injuries, and heat-related injuries.
There are things parents can do to help prevent these injuries. Dr. Shen offers these tips:
“I also educate parents of young athletes about the signs and symptoms of concussion. People often think of concussion in connection to football, but concussion often happen in soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse as well,” said Dr. Shen.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concussion symptoms include headache, nausea, dizziness, feeling sluggish or foggy, confusion, or being bothered by light or noise.
“Even a mild bump can be serious. When in doubt, sit them out,” says Dr. Shen.
Dr. Shen specializes in family and sports medicine with an emphasis on fostering healthy living as a way of preventing chronic disease. He also serves the Katy community by volunteering as a team physician for middle and high schools in the Katy Independent School District.