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Avoid Soccer Injuries in Your Kids
The school team. The town team. The travel team. If your young soccer player is on the field for several games or practices a week, it may be too much.
Most injuries occur in the 10- to 14-year-old age group. Younger players are more susceptible to injury because they're still growing.
Many soccer-related injuries are treated by health care professionals.
Injuries are more likely when kids are out of shape. Experts say it's not a good idea for a child to be inactive all summer and then play in three soccer leagues in the fall. Increase playing time gradually by no more than 10 to 20 percent each week. Children should be on teams that are not only age-appropriate, but size-appropriate.
Though most injuries were sprains, strains, bruises, and fractures, there's a growing concern about head injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that most severe head injuries in soccer are caused by collisions with other players or with the goal posts. But there have also been questions about the safety of heading the ball. The AAP recommends discouraging heading until the child has adequate neck strength and can learn the skills needed to do this safely, with the proper technique. A player should never be forced to head a ball.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following to prevent soccer injuries:
Take time to warm up and stretch, especially the hips, knees, thighs, and calves--cold muscles are more prone to injury.
Wear shin guards to help protect your lower legs.
Wear shoes with molded cleats or ribbed soles, not cleats that are screwed into the soles. Screw-in cleats should be worn when more traction is needed, such as on a wet field with high grass.
Don’t allow players to crawl or sit on the goal, or hang from the net.
Pad and properly secure goal posts to decrease the incidence of head injuries during collisions with the posts.
Keep playing fields in good repair.
Consider wearing protective eyewear.
Welcome to the Broward Health Imperial Point's NEW Emergency Department
The Emergency Department opened its doors January 3, 2010. This modern facility boasts 20 treatment rooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology as well as some of the luxuries of home. The department also features a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, behavioral health treatment area, designated critical care treatment room and family waiting area.
About Our Staff
The Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, registered nurses, and a team of multidisciplinary specialists who care for emergencies 24 hours every day.
Specialists on call include:
- General Medicine/Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Thoracic/Vascular Surgery
Emergency Department Process
It is important that our most critically ill patients are treated first. A triage nurse will assess your medical need and assign a priority based on national standards. The nurse will monitor you while you are in the waiting room. Please do not eat or drink unless it has been cleared by the nurse.
When a bed is available you will be examined by a physician. The physician may order tests, which will affect the length of time you need to remain in the Emergency Department. If you need anything or have any questions please consult the nurse assigned to you. Once all tests are completed and reviewed, the physician will decide whether you require hospital admission or can be discharged home.
The staff will make every attempt to keep you and your family informed throughout your visit. Due to limited space, and to protect the privacy of all patients, please adhere to the visitation policy of one visitor at a time. During extreme emergencies, all visitors may be asked to wait in the waiting room.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Will I be given a name of a follow-up physician?
A. You will be given the name of a physician from our staff or be directed to a Broward Health facility. If you have an HMO plan, contact your primary care physician for further care. If you are here for a work related injury contact your employer for follow up with their workman's compensation provider. If you need a physician referral, contact the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.
Q. Can I get copies of my medical records?
A. You may obtain a copy from the Health Information Management department after signing a release. For more information, call 954-776-8560.
Q. How do I get copies of my x-rays?
A. You may obtain a copy from the radiology department by calling 954-776-8750.
Q. Can I get a school or work release?
A. Your nurse will give you a note for missed time, including today's visit and any additional days that the physician feels you need to rest. For extended time, obtain a note from your primary care physician.
Q. Where can I get my prescriptions filled?
A. Prescriptions can be filled at any local pharmacy.
Q. I don't have any insurance, will you still treat me?
A. Yes, financial counselors are available upon request to assist you with your financial concerns.
Q. If I've been waiting a long time, can I leave the Emergency Department?
A. You have the legal right to do this, however we strongly discourage it. This could be a serious, life-threatening decision that you shouldn't make out of frustration. If you still want to leave, please notify the Triage Nurse who will give you a "Refusal of Treatment" form to sign.
If you have any concerns or questions during your stay, do not hesitate to contact your nurse or physician.
Need a doctor? Call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.