Summertime is in full swing, and kids are participating in summer sports and heading off to camp! Organized sports and Camps offer experiences where kids can learn and play. Some camps also offer physical activities that can include participating in high injury risk sports like soccer, basketball, tennis, and running. Injuries that are commonly associated with these sports are tendinitis, sprains, blisters, shin splints, and corns and calluses. So what can you do to help prevent summer youth injuries from sports activities? Read on!
Protecting your kid’s feet from Injury
- Protective taping of the ankles can go a long way toward preventing sprains or fractures. Athletic taping helps to restrict the motion of an injured joint. It can also reduce swelling by compressing soft tissues, and support anatomical structures involved in the injury. Taping can serve as a splint, it can secure dressing or bandages, protect the injured joint from re-injury, and protect the injured part while it is in the healing process. Taping is a quick and easy way to provide stability and reduce further damage.
- Buying a shoe designed for the specific sport your child is playing may help improve his or her performance. Proper athletic shoes can also add more guided protection from sport-specific foot and ankle injuries. Look for athletic shoes that have a soft insole, breathable mesh, and thick, anti-skid soles. Many brands offer excellent support, comfort and the look that your child will love.
The Right Sock
- Choosing the right sock can make a world of difference. Athletic socks should consist of a natural/synthetic blend of materials designed to wick away moisture (including foot fungus like Athlete’s Foot) and minimize foot odor. Avoid socks with large seams or low heights that might allow for blisters or irritation. Socks should be changed frequently, especially if they get damp!
Game on Kids!!