Story by: Megan Gardner on August 31, 2016
Fall sports season means it’s sports injury season, too. Whether you’re a parent, coach or player, you’re probably seeing an increase in bumps, bruises and other minor injuries this time of year.
Here are the most common fall sports injuries and how to handle them.
Ankle, knee and wrist sprains
Follow the RICE approach:
Quadriceps or hamstring strains
Mild strains to these large muscles in the upper leg usually heal within 10 days. Moderate strains can take up to six weeks, and severe strains require three months or longer for recovery. The muscle will need to be rested for as long as symptoms persist and until leg strength and range of motion returns.
Tips for making a comeback after injury:
Symptoms may include headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness and excessive fatigue. Go to the emergency department right away if you have any of the following signs after a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body:
Don’t armchair quarterback an injury. Leave it to the pros.
If you or your high school athlete experiences an injury you’re concerned about, don’t wait until Monday to see a physician. Saturday Sports Injury Clinics are available on the Norton Brownsboro Hospital campus every Saturday through Nov. 5, 2016. Register between 8 and 9 a.m.
Visit NortonHealthcare.com/InjuryClinic for details.
Select an appointment date and time from available spots listed below.