October 26, 2021
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David Porter, MD contributes to topics such as Orthopedic surgery.
With the return of youth sports, there is a return of common athletic injuries, bumps and bruises to more serious problems that may require treatment by a qualified athletic physician.
For advice on how to keep young footballers on the pitch throughout the season, we contacted David Porter, MD, a scholarship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. An avid athlete himself, Dr. Porter has spent the past three years working with local high school athletes, and a number of young soccer players are among his patients.
âIn addition to the general injuries caused by the physical nature of the sport, the most common injuries I see in young football players are ACL injuries,â says Dr. Porter.
âIf athletes practice a few guidelines to prepare for the season, they’re much less likely to get injured. My general advice to parents and players is to focus on injury prevention, specifically preventing ACL injuries, as well as ankle sprains and meniscus tears, which are the other two common injuries I see. .
Tips for preventing injuries
- Elongation: Stretching and warming up are extremely important. Football requires players to turn and pivot aggressively, so not warming up properly increases the risk that these in-game maneuvers end up causing injury.
- Strengthening supporting muscles: Increasing the strength of the supporting muscles that surround the knee will help prevent injury. Functional core strength is also extremely important, especially in multidirectional athletes.
- Work on improving balance: Core exercises help strengthen an athlete’s balance and improve overall health, fitness, and athletic performance.
Don’t ignore the signs and symptoms
- Changes in mobility. If an injury causes difficulty in walking, this is a red flag and should be evaluated by a doctor.
- Look for bruising and discoloration. If significant bruising or discoloration occurs at the site of the injury, this is another red flag that indicates you should have the injury examined and treated by a doctor.
- Prevention is better than cure. While many minor sports injuries resolve in a short time with rest and icing, expert advice can sometimes be beneficial. Injuries that last more than 3 to 5 days gradually worsen or repeat injuries in the same area should be evaluated by a doctor.
General tips for the football season
- RICE can help you: When you are injured, practice RICE, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. These are standard methods used to treat most sports injuries.
- Physiotherapy helps recovery: Physiotherapy has been shown to help speed recovery and may improve strength and range of motion after an accident. When faced with sports injuries, don’t ignore the recommendations for physical therapy.
- Eat and sleep like an athlete: Getting a good eight hours of sleep, along with eating a balanced diet with essential vitamins and nutrients, will help prevent some sports injuries and speed recovery.
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