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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.
In an Emergency Department, physicians and staff carry the responsibility to treat the most critical ill patients first. Upon arrival, a triage nurse will assess your medical need and assign a priority based on national standards. Your nurse will monitor you while you are in the waiting room. Please do not eat or drink unless it has been cleared by your nurse.
When a bed is available, you will be examined by a physician. The physician may order a test, 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 hospital admission or discharge is appropriate.
Visitor and Family Information
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.
Below are a few 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
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
Q. How do I get copies of my x-rays?
A. You may obtain a copy from the radiology department by calling 954-344-3288
Q. Can I get a school or work release?
A. Your nurse can give you a note for missed time, including that day’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. If you are a “STAR Card” holder, you may get your prescriptions filled at either Pompano Adult Primary Care Center or Seventh Avenue Family Health Center.
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 discuss your decision with 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. For more information about our services or a free physician referral, call the Broward Health Line at 954-759-7400.