Every football mom has experienced it – that blend of pride and fear when you see your child execute a tackle for the first time. It’s exciting when your kids decide to get involved in athletics, but you are always aware of the risks. You don’t want to see your baby get hurt!

For young athletes, dealing with an injury can be especially difficult. Kids think they’re indestructible, and sometimes will make an injury worse by pushing themselves too hard. Treating a sports injury can be a long and trying process, and an impatient kid or teen doesn’t always want to put the time in.

Here are some quick tips for how to deal with a sports-related injury so you can get your young athlete back on the field.

Rest

This is one of the most important aspects to dealing with any injury. Rest the affected area and give it time to heal.

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Unfortunately, many young people do not want to spend their days lying on the couch when they could be out on the field. Deal with this by offering some light alternative workouts. A walk around the neighborhood, or a hike across flat ground, can help to keep your teen active and burn off some of that energy.

Ice

Ice is great at reducing inflammation and is available practically everywhere. When an injury occurs, icing it can reduce a lot of the associated pain and swelling. Be sure to take breaks from applying ice and protect the skin. If the injured person reports numbness or you see red skin, wait 15 minutes before applying ice again.

Consult A Professional

It is always best to consult someone who is an expert in dealing with sports-related injuries. They will be able to give you advice on appropriate rehab techniques. Additionally, a professional will be able to give you more information on how to avoid getting injured again.

Prevention is really the best “treatment” for any injury – be sure to educate yourself on how to stop injuries before they happen.

Preventing Future Injuries

Whether your child is recovering from an injury or just starting a new workout routine, make sure they are always warming up properly before they begin – stretching can help to prevent a whole range of injuries, and it’s dangerous to go into a heavy workout or to play sports without properly warming up.

Teens are likely to try and push themselves, as they do not always know their own limits. If you see that your teen is in pain after working out, be sure to talk to them about the importance of warming up. Emphasize that avoiding this important step could result in an injury that would take them out of the game for months.