Childhood Sport Injuries
Childhood sport injuries are an epidemic, and it shouldn’t be a surprise.
I only have to look as far as my kids’ weekly schedule. Not only do they have gym class and running at school, there is also soccer, baseball, skiing, swimming, martial arts, hockey, gymnastics, dance class… not to mention the the mayhem of the playground and our back yard trampoline.
The number one lesson for any young athlete should be learning how to take care of their body, and listen to their body. I mean, isn’t that the reason you want them to be active in the first place?
But It’s Good To Be Active Right?
Encouraging your kids to be active is great, but that does not preclude the responsibility to teach them how to rest when necessary, how to put the needs of their body at a high priority, and the benefits of getting their spine and nervous system checked.
Chiropractic care improves the function of the nervous system, allowing your child to have better coordination and performance, and prevents injury.
Best of all, like playing sports, kids also love to get checked a by the chiropractor.
How Gentle Can You Be?
When checking small children, I use what is called “eyeball” pressure. This is the amount of pressure that you would use to press on your eyeball comfortably (with the eyelid closed). If you close your eyes right now and press on your eye with your thumb, you will see how gentle that actually is.
What Are the Most Common Symptoms?
Changes to the spine and posture can cause interference to the nervous system and result in a number of different symptoms.
- shoulder pain
- ankle and foot pain
- foot pronation (yes we do kids orthotics)
- knee pain
- hip pain
- wrist pain
- neck pain
- upper, lower, or mid back pain