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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.
This modern facility contains 40 treatment rooms equipped with state of the art technology as well as a few luxuries to remind patients of home. Highlights of the Emergency Department include:
Primary Stroke Center Designation
Pediatric Emergency Department
Critical Care Treatment Rooms
Family Quiet Room
Emergency Department Expansion
In May 2011, Broward Health Coral Springs took another leap forward in serving their community. After patiently waiting over a year, local residents may now enter the doors of a truly modern and renovated Emergency Department.
The expansion increased the number of patient beds from 23 to 40 (26 adult beds, 8 pediatric and 6 “fast track” beds). The remodeling also included an upgrade to the most state-of-the-art, life-saving medical equipment available. In addition, exam rooms have been designed with a patient’s comfort and privacy in mind. All rooms are private, each with their own telephone and television. The expansion at Broward Health Coral Springs includes "fast track" beds designed specifically to treat patients with low-risk emergencies. This will help decrease the amount of time they spend in the Emergency Department.
Our Pediatric Emergency Department
Voted “Best Pediatric ER in Broward County” by the readers of South Florida Parenting, you can rest assured that we are prepared for your child’s emergencies. Our new ER provides a specialized setting for children and their families, a place to relax in an otherwise stressful place. With 8 designated exam rooms, ER for Kids is staffed with pediatricians and pediatric nurses 24 hours a day.
Upon arrival, children are quickly assessed and sent to the pediatric area. A full complement of medical and surgical consultative services is available, and our staff communicates with your pediatrician to coordinate follow-up care.
About Our Staff
The Broward Health Coral Springs Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians, registered nurses, and a team of multidisciplinary specialists. They are prepared to care for emergencies 24 hours a day.
In both 2010 and 2011, Broward Health Coral Springs proudly received the South Florida Kids Crown Award for the “Best Pediatric ER in Broward County". The recognition was based on votes from readers of South Florida Parenting magazine who vote for family-friendly places that offer the best activities, products, and services in South Florida.
Emergency Department Process
There's no such thing as a calm visit to the Emergency Department. However, we believe that keeping patients informed and aware is the best way to reduce their stress. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the Emergency Department at Broward Health Coral Springs, or if you have questions regarding visitor and patient information, please see our page on the Emergency Department Process.