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Millions of teenage athletes reported to having an injury during or after play. From sprains and fractures to tendonitis and concussions, this makes high schoolers often susceptible to muscle and tendon pain because of their developing bodies.
 
According to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the statistics of injured athletes tend to rise every year.
 
• There are 2 million high school athletes injured every year, with one-fourth of them visit the doctor, while 30,000 of these high schoolers often get hospitalized.
 
• Children under age 14 account for 3.5 million kids getting treatment due to sports-related activities.
 
• Overuse injuries are the major reasons why high school athletes end up in the hospital.
 
• Sports and recreational activities account for the 21 percent of the population of children suffering from brain injuries.
 
• The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has reported that most sports injuries can be prevented from happening.
 
High school sports injury can be a big blow to the student, coach, or family. That’s why most athletes resort to pressuring themselves to be back in court and play. When a sports-related injury arises, the athlete usually:
 
• Suffer from depression – loss of friends, school time, and practice time
• Lose some scholarships later on especially when the athlete is aiming for one
• Get blamed for losing false hopes and their expectation because of the injury
 
By ensuring teens’ safety during sports play, they get to reduce the risk of injury and development of other conditions arising in adulthood.
 

What are the most common high school sports injuries?

Anything’s possible when you’re on the field. High school athletes can run into different types of injuries while playing. Here are some of them.
 
Old and overuse injuries
Overuse injuries happen gradually when an activity requires the athlete to use certain parts of his body repeatedly, giving him little time to recover. Old injuries are also common at this spot when a team member previously injured himself but further pushed his limits to play. Instead of taking time to heal, his conditions worsen because there was little recovery done.
 
Acute injuries
Sudden trauma caused by abrupt movements can cause severe pain and soreness. Examples are sprain, strain, fractures, blows, and bruises. Even collisions with other athletes or obstacles on the field will result in acute injuries.
 
Concussions
Concussions are mild traumatic injuries happened to the brain due to a blow to the head or body that affects the brain. Sports like hockey, soccer, baseball, or football can cause brain injuries when the ball gets hit directly to your head, neck, or spine.
 
Catastrophic Sports Injuries
From the word itself, these injuries are often caused by contact sports that put young athletes critically due to severe injuries. Even with rigorous training and proper safety equipment, children are at risk for severe injuries to the head and neck with damage to the brain or spinal cord.
 
Growth Plate Injuries
Growth plates in children and teens are prone to fracture because they are the last portion of the bones to solidify. It will take for kids to adulthood for the growth plate to harden. Contact and high-impact sports are the common reasons for growth plate injuries.
 
Sports
Baseball and Softball
Strains
Sprains
Bruises
Pitcher's Elbow
 
Runners, Cross Country, Track & Field
Tendonitis
Shin splints
Groin strains
Bruises
Plantar Fasciitis
 
Football
Fractures
Sprains
Concussions
Arm pain
 
Soccer
Sprains
Fractures
Ligament Sprains
Concussions
Ankle and foot injury
 
Basketball
Ankle and foot injuries
Knee injuries
Sprains
Strains
 
Volleyball
Tendonitis
Back pain
Ankle sprains, and strains
Knee injuries
 
Gymnastics
Knee injuries
Fractures
Back injuries
Wrist and elbow injuries
 
Above are some of the sports and their related injuries as collated by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
 
When high school athletes injured themselves, they foster symptoms that affect their performance. Most students just shrugged it off, but as a parent, you should have your kids be treated by a doctor.
 

How to diagnose or treat high school sports injuries?

A doctor’s treatment varies depending on the severity of the problem. It might include bracing, casting, physical therapy, or even surgery.
 
Upon examination of the doctor, he or she will ask the symptoms the teen is experiencing, how the injury happened, the teen's medical history, and possible if possible, some medications taken after the injury happened. The doctor might make diagnostic tests such as x-ray, MRI, or CT scan.
 
The player is advised to rest and recover before returning to play. It’s important for the athletes, coaches, and parents, to understand how critical every injury is to the teen. Most athletes will shrug it off due to the pressure to be able to play. But, recurring injuries will put the player at risk no matter the effort is placed on healing and recovery.
 

How to prevent high school injuries

Athletes can prevent injuries by practicing proper posture and conditioning, integrating correct training with team members, and using protective equipment during play.
 
High school sports require specific training to prevent injuries. For example, regular conditioning before the big game or sports season can prove to reduce that risk. Coaches should also know when to increase or decrease the duration, intensity, and frequency of their conditioning.
 
Why not have the players visit a doctor before they can partake in school activities? Many have disagreed and argued over their doctor’s requests to take a break from playing. When these requests aren’t often heeded, most high school athletes ended in hospitals.
 
What’s more, it’s so ever important to wear protective gears during practice or plays to avoid getting sprains and pains.